Training and Knowledge Exchange

Through its peer network of food bank leaders and its expert staff, GFN provides food banks with the resources and know-how needed to better serve those facing hunger in their local communities. GFN’s network is the steadfast foundation for food bank organizations to evolve, thrive, and fulfill their mission to reduce hunger in their locality.

  • Food Bank Leadership Institute – GFN’s annual event for food bankers at all stages of development; a forum for best practice sharing; and a networking event for food bankers. This unique summit is a tremendous opportunity for food bankers to connect with others who have the same passion for a hunger-free world.
  • GFN e-Learning – Provides engagement and on-demand training opportunities year-round for food bank staff at all levels. This gives food bankers a convenient and easily accessible avenue to accelerate their operations in a sustainable way.
  • GFN Technical Assistance – GFN’s food bank experts provide technical assistance directly to GFN Members and Affiliates through field visits and remote support. This provides intensive support that enables food banks to refine operational protocols and establish more effective operations very quickly.


The Annual Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI) offers the premier global platform for food bank leaders to exchange knowledge and best practices, stay abreast of the latest trends in hunger relief, and access proven training and growth techniques. Participation in FBLI is available to food bank leaders globally and unites these advocates in a way that impacts their work for years to come.

Since its inception in 2006, FBLI has convened more than 350 food bank leaders from over 60 countries. Past participants have gone on to launch food banks that continue to thrive today or start programs that address emerging issues, such as nutrition, rural hunger, and prepared food rescue.


GFN e-Learning extends the benefits of the Food Bank Leadership Institute by offering a 24/7 opportunity for food bankers to connect with each other. The portal helps food bankers augment their skills, improve their staff’s knowledge, and make their operations more efficient and effective. It offers network food banks access to information, based on their needs and level of experience, that easily lends support and strategies to better serve their goal of hunger relief.

Register or login to the GFN e-Learning portal here.


The GFN team of experts has more than 60 years of experience in food bank management and expansion, including more than 14 years in the field globally. Our team welcomes the opportunity to partner with network food banking organizations by providing customized technical assistance and personalized guidance. GFN is proud of its expert staff and the ability to extend their knowledge to elevate food bank’s meaningful work.

The type of assistance ranges, but can include topics such as increasing foods sourced, growing agencies served, opening new distribution locations, building out cold chain capacity, assuring food safety, and strengthening organizational governance.

“GFN came in at the right time to support us with technical know-how. The help that we received from GFN accelerated our work, and now other organizations see that we have the capacity to handle food banking in Ghana.”

Elijah Amoo Addo

Founder and Executive Director, Food For All Africa

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