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10 Years

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Robert H. Forney, Jr.,

GFN Founding



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Letter from the
President & CEO

Greetings from The Global FoodBanking Network!

I am pleased to share our FY2016 Annual Report, which lays out the strategies, progress and impact for our organization for the period July 2015 – June 2016.

This year, The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) served food banking organizations in more countries than ever before. Our network now includes organizations in 32 countries, and we were fortunate to host leaders from 38 countries at our annual training institute. Collectively, our network had the most impactful year yet by distributing 928 million pounds of food to more than 6.8 million people in need.

We celebrated GFN’s 10th anniversary in FY16. Over the past decade, it has been our privilege to play a formative role in the launch of now-thriving food banking organizations in 15 countries. In this report, you will read how food bank leaders have leveraged the technical expertise and global connections offered by GFN to create sustainable organizations that provide nourishing food to thousands of families in their communities. As Mauricio Ramirez, one of the cofounders of Banco de Alimentos Diakonia in Guayaquil, Ecuador, said, “Our ‘learning curve’ for the construction of [our food bank] has resulted in success, thanks to GFN and experts, who provided us the ‘know-how’ and who encouraged us to build a self-sustaining organization.”

After nearly a decade of focusing predominately on starting food banks in communities where they are needed, this year we expanded our focus on the second part of our mission: to strengthen food banks where they exist. The food banks in the GFN network are doing impactful work, but there are still millions of hungry children and families they cannot serve due to limited capacity. GFN is determined to continue to partner with them in meeting these needs. And through providing more resources, engaging food bank staff at all levels in our education and training program and broadly making available innovative approaches that drive scale, we can do this.

In FY16, we expanded our education and training offering by launching the GFN e-Learning Center to provide ongoing access to technical expertise and best practices for food bank staff at all levels. To aid leaders in growing their operational effectiveness, we developed an inventory management system and tested the concept through a partnership with Feeding Hong Kong, which is reporting efficiency gains of nearly 30 percent. Finally, we’ve expanded our direct support for building food bank capacity so that organizations in our network can grow their service area and distribute a greater diversity of food, like fruits and vegetables. Due to the GFN capacity-building program, 900,000 people were provided safe and nutritious food in FY16.

GFN’s work is only made possible through the support and confidence of donors and partners like you. On behalf of our Board of Directors and staff, thank you for your commitment to a world free of hunger. It is my hope that this report demonstrates how your investments have helped establish community-based organizations that can meet hunger needs across the globe.

Although GFN has grown significantly in its first decade, there is still far more work to be done. One in four people suffers from malnutrition, and millions could be reached through food banking. GFN is advancing a solution that can nourish a community. We’ve challenged ourselves to partner with those in our network to scale this solution to help nourish the world.

With best regards,

Lisa J. Moon

Our Mission

To alleviate global hunger by collaborating to develop food banks in communities where they are needed and by supporting food banks where they exist

Decade of Impact:The Global Foodbanking Network served 6.8 million people in 2016

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Decade of Impact
The Global Foodbanking Network
served 6.8 million people in 2016

One food bank can alleviate hunger in a community. Together, we can serve even more. Our vision is a global network of food banks that nourish the world. Thanks to the generosity of partners like you, we are celebrating a decade of success in advancing this vision.

In just 10 years, GFN has dramatically expanded its reach and impact to help food banks nourish more hungry people by rescuing food that would otherwise be lost.

Food Distribution (In Pounds)
The Global Foodbanking Network
works in 32 countries
Number of agencies served
Number of food banks

FY16 Impact:Equipped Food
Bank Leaders

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Equipped Food Bank Leaders

GFN provided unprecedented opportunities to a peer network of food bank leaders in more than 30 countries to test innovative approaches and replicate best practices. Our team of food bank experts provided customized training that supports food banks around the world in providing more food to more people more efficiently.

Food Bank Leadership Institute Progress (Countries Represented)

2016 Food Bank Leadership Institute

The 10th annual Food Bank Leadership Institute assembled leaders from 38 countries — our largest gathering to date.

GFN’s annual flagship event welcomed more than 70 food bank leaders from 38 countries to Houston for four days of training, best practice sharing and networking with peers and corporate partners. This is the only training of its kind, tailored specifically to the unique needs of food bank professionals.

In its 10 years, the Food Bank Leadership Institute has served more than 350 individuals representing more than 60 countries, making it the premier event for accelerating food banking globally – ultimately supporting our members in reaching more hungry people, more effectively.

GFN e-Learning

GFN launched GFN e-Learning, an online platform that provides on-demand access to training materials, toolkits and templates. This new resource complements FBLI, providing year-round learning and development opportunities to food bankers when they need them most.

We find value in GFN’s sharing of best practices and the opportunities for networking with people from all around the globe."

Ana Isabel Méndez
Gerente General
Banco de Alimentos Panamá

FY16 Impact:Built
Food Bank

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FY16 Impact:
Built Food Bank Capacity

GFN’s capacity-building program provided safe and nutritious food to more than 900,000 people.

Created Systems to Scale Operations

GFN partnered with our member Feeding Hong Kong to pilot a more efficient inventory management system. Early results suggest efficiency gains of nearly 30%. We are now enhancing this system and preparing for implementation across the GFN network. These radical efficiency gains will allow food banks to invest more time and resources into improving and expanding service to their communities.

Reached Vulnerable Children

GFN partnered with Alimento para Todos I.A.P. to operate the Backpack Program in Mexico City. Through this program, children receive backpacks of nutritious food for the weekends, when they do not receive meals from government feeding programs.

This program delivered an incredible 13,800 backpacks to 300 children and their families over the course of this year – improving not only the children’s health but also their school performance.

Secured More Food

GFN supported its member FareShare’s projects to significantly extend the reach and increase the impact of regional food bank centers throughout the United Kingdom. This support helped FareShare collect 9,070 tons of food – enough to provide a staggering 18.3 million meals to vulnerable people.

Our partnership with The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) directly supports Unilever’s mission to reduce its environmental footprint while increasing its positive social impact. Through GFN´s extended network of local food banks, we are donating products that would otherwise go to landfill and use them for the benefit of the communities we operate in."

Katja Freiwald
Global Partnerships Director

Expanded Produce Distribution

GFN’s grant to its member Red Argentina enabled the purchase of a new truck for Food Bank Tandil. The vehicle supports Fruit and Vegetable Rescue Program, a core strategy to distribute more nutritious food. Thanks to the new vehicle, the Food Bank doubled the delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to 800 families.

GFN team members are always ready to support us with all of our questions, and by sharing best practices and their experiences. As we are quite a young food bank, this help and assistance are vital to our growth."

Victoria Krisko,
Foodbank Rus,

FY16 Impact:Assured
Food Safety

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Assured Food Safety

GFN Certification ensures that a food bank meets a strict set of food safety, administrative and operational standards and operates at the highest level in terms of transparency and ethics. For the food bank, certification provides a “seal of approval” and enables an open trust with GFN’s global partners. This is of utmost importance to the integrity of our operations and ability to source food, volunteers and other resources.

Every two years, GFN’s team of experts revisits and re-examines our members to ensure each food bank continues to meet the highest industry standards.

Asociación de Bancos de Alimentos de Colombia (Colombia)

Mesa Brasil SESC (Brazil)
Banco de Alimentos Guatemala (Guatemala)
Foodbank Rus (Russia)
Taiwan People’s Food Bank Association (Taiwan)

With GFN’s support and certification, we are able to gain the trust of potential sponsors and donors, which will help us increase our efforts to reduce food waste and help those in need in Taiwan.

Nancy Liu
Deputy, Secretary-General
Taiwan People’s Food Bank Association


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Board of
& Officers

Board of Directors

Pat Tracy
Retired – DOT Foods, Inc.
Alan Gilbertson
Vice Chairman
FoodForward SA

Patrick Alix
European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA)

Safiatou Francoise
Alizes Consultants & Niger Omega

Martin Burt, PhD
Fundación Paraguaya & Teach A Man To Fish

Cristián Cardoner
Andesat S.A.

Carol Criner
Former – Retail Inkjet
Solutions, Inc.

Jaynee Day
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee

Cheri Fox
The Fox Family Foundation& Leket Israel

Brian Greene
Houston Food Bank

Ellen Goldberg Luger
Retired – General Mills, Inc.

Jason D. Ramey
Grant Thornton LLP
William A. Rudnick
DLA Piper LLP (US)

Katharine Schmidt
Food Banks Canada

William B. Thomas
Feeding America


President & CEO
Lisa Moon
The Global FoodBanking Network

Treasurer & Assistant Secretary
Beth E. Saks, CPA
The Global FoodBanking Network

Secretary & Vice President
Christopher Rebstock
The Global FoodBanking Network

General Counsel
Allen J. Ginsburg
DLA Piper LLP (US)