Chicago, IL, June 30, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The World FoodBanking Community (GFN), a nonprofit with a mission to assist nourish the world’s hungry by means of uniting and advancing meals banks, introduced immediately that its member meals banks served an estimated 16.9 million individuals in 2019, representing a 76 p.c enhance in service from 2018.
In 2019, the GFN community served organizations in 44 international locations, up from 30 international locations within the earlier yr. The worldwide community of meals restoration organizations supplied an estimated 1.four billion meals by means of 56,171 beneficiary organizations, together with pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, orphanages, daycares and school-age little one feeding applications. In whole, 870 million kilos of meals had been recovered and redistributed for starvation reduction and native social affect final yr.
Greater than half of the meals banks supported by GFN are actually based mostly within the Asia-Pacific, the place 60 p.c of the world’s undernourished reside. In 2019, GFN started partnering with rising meals financial institution organizations in India, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. In Sub-Saharan Africa, GFN launched formal engagements with meals banks in city areas of Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar and Nigeria. In 2019, GFN maintained sturdy partnerships with meals banks throughout 15 international locations in Latin America.
“At a time when unemployment charges, poverty, and meals insecurity charges are rising in nearly all international locations, it’s extra essential than ever to put money into community-based starvation reduction organizations like meals banks,” stated Lisa Moon, President & CEO of The World FoodBanking Community. “The World FoodBanking Community is proud to unite starvation fighters in 44 international locations on the frontlines of extending life-saving assist to households in want.”
Since COVID-19 was declared a world pandemic on March 12, 2020, meals banks served by GFN have even additional ramped up their efforts. A GFN pulse survey performed final month reported that meals financial institution organizations in all international locations had been seeing will increase in demand for emergency help, with practically half seeing a doubling of requests. On common, meals banks throughout 44 international locations had elevated service to upwards 100,000 extra individuals in want.
GFN is profoundly grateful to the numerous company companions and people who helped make our 2019 work a hit, together with Abbott, Financial institution of America Charitable Basis, Brambles, Caterpillar Basis, Enterprise Holdings Basis, Basic Mills Basis, Griffith Meals Basis, Harvard Regulation Faculty, Worldwide Paper Firm, Kellogg Firm and PIMCO Basis.
About The World FoodBanking Community:
The World FoodBanking Community (GFN) is a global non-profit group that nourishes the world’s hungry by means of uniting and advancing meals banks in 44 international locations. GFN focuses on combating starvation and stopping meals waste by offering experience, directing sources, sharing data and creating connections that enhance effectivity, guarantee meals security and attain extra individuals going through starvation. Final yr, meals banks distributed 1.four billion meals, feeding 16.9 million individuals by means of a community of greater than 56,000 social service and community-based organizations. For extra info, please go to www.foodbanking.org.
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