India FoodBanking Network

Our Vision

“To eliminate hunger in India by 2030.”

There are 194.4 million people who are undernourished in India. Despite sufficient food production and tremendous economic growth, we are yet to address the challenge of eliminating hunger in India.

“The vision of IFBN is to provide nutritional food to the food insecure in the short term and help transform lives. IFBN needs to have a minimum of one food bank in every district of India by 2030 and going forward this has to be extended to all Blocks and Panchayats. India is committed to inclusive growth and we cannot take pride in inclusive growth if we cannot eliminate hunger. We have enough surplus food, enough capacity to grow more food; at the same time many of our people in the country go hungry due to inadequate logistics, information, knowledge, and delivery systems. In eliminating hunger, Information Communication Technology Infrastructure (ICT) can play a significant role. It is time to really use technology in a very different way to handle problems related to hunger and food waste. Expertise from many countries related to logistics, information technology, management, organizations, and structures can contribute a lot towards eradication of hunger and food waste from India. We can collectively go out to the nation and say that we will indeed eliminate hunger in India together by 2030 highlighting that the tools that we have today provides the opportunity of even more hope than ever before. The growth we look for should result in inclusive growth and growth for the people at the bottom of the pyramid and must eliminate hunger for millions of the people in our country. I invite all to work together for the India Food Banking Network with a hope to begin this journey together and help eradicate hunger in India by 2030. There is a need to have a food bank in each district. IFBN is not being highlighted as the only solution, but the idea is to have many people participating and joining hands in different ways." -- Sam Pitroda, Chairman, Advisory Board

Focus on tackling hunger and malnutrition in India

Food Security Foundation India under its flagship programme - India FoodBanking Network (IFBN) addresses the issues of hunger through a network of FoodBanks. We have a vision to eliminate hunger in India by 2030 by establishing a strong and efficient network of FoodBanks throughout the country, so that every district has access to at least one FoodBank.

India FoodBanking Network (IFBN) is bringing together the government, private sector, and NGOs to fight hunger and malnutrition in the country. IFBN is establishing a network of transformational FoodBanks to systematically capture food from donors and channelize it to the institutional feeding programs. The network is a multi-stakeholder partnership of corporate sector, government, leading development agencies, and local communities who partner and contribute to sustain the food banking movement in India.

IFBN thus acts as a platform for aggregation and effective deployment of India’s existing resources of food, funds, infrastructure, technology, spirit of volunteerism and culture of feeding to address the problem of hunger. In addition to supporting feeding institutions and strengthening delivery systems, IFBN is also looking at facilitating regulatory changes to create an environment conducive to giving food.

Linking prevention of food waste to providing access to food

Excess packaged food and grains on the shelves and warehouses of food industry is worth millions. But good quality food is wasted and thrown away because of short remaining shelf life.
India Food Banking Network offers a food management solution for excess food inventory and helps food businesses to timely save this surplus food products to feed those in need. IFBN recovers this surplus inventory of good quality packaged food from food industry and delivers it safely to Not for Profit organisations to feed those in need within the best before date of the products.

Impact:
“IFBN connects surplus inventory of packaged food and grains from food companies to feed those in need, especially children.
This saves food and resources that went into production of food from going waste.
It also frees up valuable warehousing space and saves financial and environmental costs of disposal for the food companies.
Food companies build a brand image as socially responsible and
Schedule VII to the Companies Act 2013 lists eradication of Poverty, Hunger and malnutrition as an eligible CSR activity” Vinita Bali, Chairperson Global Alliance For Improved Nutrition

Prioritizing Food Security and Nutrition

Adequate food and nutrition is the foundation for a healthy and productive life and the basic pre-requisite for all other interventions in the areas of health, education and skill building. IFBN is therefore also helping corporates to prioritize food security and nutrition and to use the resources earmarked for CSR initiatives to fund nutritious meals to children in schools. The donations are eligible for tax benefits under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act.

Impact: “A daily in-school hot nutritious meal provided to the students throughout the year will provide vital nourishment, help keep children in school and improve growth and learning outcomes.” Siraj Chaudhury, Former Chairman, Cargill India

Our Strategy

The key tenets of our strategy are:

  • Create Food Banks in India in communities to systematically capture and distribute food to reduce hunger and malnutrition.
  • Develop partnerships for procurement of food. Support and strengthen Food Banks by connecting Food Banks to resources of food.
  • Help Food Banks develop efficient and safety processes in the collection and distribution of food.
  • Develop and implement efficient monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to ensure effective, transparent and equity-inclusive delivery of food to reach those in need.
  • Promote Food Banks to emerge as community spaces addressing various issues of nutrition, health, hygiene, food waste and development.
  • Promote decentralized, flexible and community based locally responsive strategies and models.
  • Undertake advocacy among various stakeholders to encourage greater involvement.

Our Mentors- Advisory Board

Mr. Sam Pitroda

Chairman, Advisory Board

Nita Ambani

Chairperson, Reliance Foundation

Dr. Kushal Pal Singh

Chairman, DLF Ltd.

Shobhna Bhartia

Chairperson & Editorial Director, HT Group

Neville Mehta

Executive Administrator ISAAME, Lions Clubs International

Hari S. Bhartia

Co-Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Life Sciences Limited

Vinita Bali

Chair, Board of Directors, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)

Siraj Chaudhry

Former Chairman, Cargill India

Dr. Amrita Patel

Former Chairperson, NDDB; Chairperson Charutar Arogya Mandal

Rajan Sankar

Program Director Nutrition, Tata Trusts

Debashish Mukherjee

Partner, Co-Head Retail & Consumer Indus. India & SEA, A.T. Kearney

Aslesha Gowarikar

Partner, Desai & Diwanji

Messages from other members of the Advisory Board

"We need to hasten efforts to prevent food waste.......and create food banking networks that work on getting food already available to those who need it." - Vinita Bali, Former MD, Britannia Industries, Chairperson Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition

"In view of various deficiencesincluding nutritional anaemia, the focus has to be on providing a well balanced diet and a need to scale up by partnering with other existing networks" Hari Bhartia, Co Chairman & Managing Director, Jubilant Life Sciences

"In the wake of the Companies Actwhich has made CSR implementation a compulsory activity, there is an opportunity to address issues of hunger and malnutrition.Through the food banking initiative, tangible and measurable goals can be provided to various corporations for their CSR activities." Siraj Chaudhry, Former Chairman, Cargill india

"Local need assessment is important to provide the community driven and owned model for successful implementation of Food Banking. " Neville Mehta, Executive Administrator, ISAAME, Lions Club International,