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A message from Lisa Moon, President and CEO of GFN…

Dear Partner,

I’m going to begin with a sobering reality. Around the world, approximately 768 million people are chronically undernourished, nearly one in three people (2.37 billion) are facing moderate to severe food insecurity and three billion people cannot afford healthy food.

These figures, released in early July by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in its new report, The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021, provide an initial look into how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected hunger and food security on a global scale.

The short answer? Communities around the world are facing hunger at unprecedented rates—and this number could increase as the pandemic and related effects persist. Without urgent and significant action by stakeholders around the world, we will not be able to save lives, reduce hunger, and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, especially SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) by 2030.

In spite of this incredibly devastating situation, I am heartened by the leadership and support GFN partner food banks are providing to our neighbors around the world.

Over the past year, approximately 40 million people relied on our network of food banks to fill the gap when they needed it mostAnd our food banks rose to the occasion, providing nearly 2.4 billion meals to people in need—a 8% increase in food and beverage distribution over 2019. This incredible feat would not have been possible without your support.

Scaling and supporting new food banks—alongside our partners—continues to be a priority for us. Growing our global food banking operations will help GFN-supported food banks meet people’s needs in 2021 against the backdrop of new infections, limited access to vaccines, and ongoing economic volatility.

Lisa Moon

Many food banks across the world are already leading this charge with our support. For example, in India, Zomato Feeding India, No Food Waste, and India Food Banking Network served over 10 million people in 2020 alone, an almost 180% increase over 2019. And the food banks in our Africa Incubator Program made a massive impact in high-need areas in 2020, distributing more than 1 million kilograms of food (an over 1200% increase over 2019) and serving over 900,000 people.

We are proud to work with the many staff and volunteers who have made this impact possible. Millions of people are able to feed themselves and their families as a result of these food banks.

To ensure that more people are able to access food, we hope you’ll consider supporting our work in any way you can. And as always, we encourage you to stay in touch and learn more about our efforts.

With thanks for your continued support,

Lisa Moon
President & CEO
The Global FoodBanking Network

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