The Global FoodBanking Network
Response to COVID-19Fighting Hunger During the Coronavirus Pandemic

COVID-19 is risking lives and livelihoods. More than one-third of the globe’s workers are unemployed due to the pandemic, according to the International Labour Organization.  This, combined with chronic hunger and poverty, is driving demand for food bank service to unprecedented levels. 

The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN)  is supporting local food banks that are on the front lines of providing hunger relief during this crisis.  Below is more information on our response including a newsfeed detailing key milestones in our response, and how you can help.

Supporting COVID-19 relief in 40+ countries

Food banking organizations are seeing an overwhelming increase in demand for food aid. We are providing crucial support and important communication channels for food banks to prepare and respond to this growing need. Our response has included:

  • A COVID-19 response fund that so far has supported relief efforts in 45 countries;
  • Technical support to help food banks procure and distribute meals;
  • Knowledge sharing to help food banking organizations serve more children and families in crisis by navigating supply chain disruptions and evolving distribution mechanisms;
  • Appeals to governments and businesses to be provide relief to vulnerable populations adversely affected by this crisis.

We Need Your Help

To provide meals to more families in need, we need your help.  Support from partners like you keeps food bank warehouses stocked, trucks on the road and food assistance running to the most vulnerable populations.


17 June 2020 –Partnering to support food banks in Latin America during COVID-19 (President’s Update)

11 June 2020 – Food banks adapt to the new normal under COVID-19 (President’s Update)

10 June 2020 – Strengthening Food Donation Operations During COVID-19: Key Issues and Best Practices for Governments Around the Globe (Issue Brief)

10 June 2020 – Amid Pandemic, New Research Provides a Road Map to Fight Hunger and Climate Change through Increased Food Donation (Press Release)

5 June 2020 –  Supporting Food Banks Around the World Amid COVID-19: “The Food Bankers Empower Me(President’s Update)

27 May 2020 – Food banks prepare as South America becomes COVID-19 Hotspot (President’s Update)

22 May 2020Higher food prices mean higher demand at food banks (President’s Update)

19 May 2020 – Hunger relief during COVID-19: weekly best practice document UPDATED

12 May 2020 – “We thought we knew poverty. We were not ready for this.” (Blog)

29 April 2020The food bank organizations reaching the daily wagers in India during COVID-19 (President’s Update)

24 April 2020 – With Schools Closed Worldwide, Food Banks Turn Their Attention to Feeding Millions of Vulnerable Children (Press Release)

24 April 2020 – “We Are On The Brink Of A Hunger Pandemic” (President’s Update)

22 April 2020Food banks in Sub-Saharan Africa provide aid amidst COVID-19 (President’s Update)

15 April 2020Q&A: Food Bank Singapore’s rapid response to COVID-19 (Blog)

15 April 2020‘World hunger could double due to COVID-19’ – How are food banks responding? (President’s Update)

14 April 2020 – The COVID-19 Pandemic is Deepening the Hunger Crisis. Food Banks Can’t Do It Alone (Open Letter)

10 April 2020Food Banks Around the World Surge to Meet Demand as COVID-19 Leaves Communities Reeling: GFN aids food banks in 43 countries in pandemic response (Press Release)

08 April 2020Food banks across the global report an urgent need for food (President’s Update)

23 March 2020Food banks on the frontline of the COVID-19 crisis (President’s Update)

13 March 2020Demand for food relief on the rise in the COVID-19 crisis (President’s Update)

24 February 2020COVID-19 impact on food banks across Asia Pacific (President’s Update)

Thank You

GFN is grateful for the critical support our partners have provided to food banks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your generosity helps food banks maintain operations and provide aid to the millions of people who are now food insecure as a result of the virus.