Fighting Hunger through FoodBanks

IFBN envisions a hunger and malnutrition free India. To achieve this, we aim to establish a strong and efficient network of FoodBanks throughout the country, so that every district has access to at least one FoodBank by 2020. A Food Bank is a not-for-profit distribution enterprise that serves the community. It acquires donated food and makes it available to people who are hungry or lack nutritional food.

Most FoodBanks distribute through a network of community organizations or NGOs that run institutional feeding programmes. These include homeless shelters, community kitchens, child care centers, old age homes, schools, after-school programs, drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs, orphanages, and other programs for the needy.

Food banking is an effective approach in alleviating the food crisis because:

  • Bridging the Gap – Food banks attempt to meet the needs of the hungry by efficiently delivering the food already available in the country.
  • Scalable – Food Banks can start at the community level, and can expand their network to feed a larger population over time.
  • Adaptable – Food Banks can operate in different ways to suit different regional cultures and economies.
  • Non-competitive – Food Banking does not interfere with the commercial channels of food distribution.
  • Prevents Wastage – The food which would have otherwise been wasted is effectively distributed among the poor by FoodBanks.

Learn more on how our foodbanking operations are making a large scale impact on hunger and malnutrition in India, click here.