India Food Banking Network envisions a hunger and malnutrition free India. To achieve this, we aim to establish a strong and efficient network of Food Banks throughout the country.
A Food Bank is a not-for-profit distribution enterprise that serves the community. It acquires donated food products including grains and packaged food as well as funds for sponsored mid day meals or snacks and makes it available to people who are hungry or lack nutritional food.
Food Banks distribute food products and meals through a network of community based organizations or NGOs that run institutional feeding programs. These include feeding programs at schools for underprivileged children, homeless shelters, old age homes, after-school programs, orphanages, charitable hospitals and other programs for the needy.
Food banking is an effective approach in alleviating the hunger because Food Banks are:
- Bridging the Gap – Food banks meet the needs of the hungry by efficiently redistributing the food already available in the country.
- Scalable – Food Banks can start at the local 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.
- Prevent Food Wastage – Surplus food: grains and packaged food, from shelves and warehouses, which would have otherwise been wasted is effectively distributed by Foodbanks among those in need.
Large Scale Impact
India Food Banking Network is committed to creating a strong and efficient network of FoodBanks across the country.
India Food Banking Network with its 10 FoodBanks, over 100 NGO partners and more than 25 corporate partners is serving over million meals every year to alleviate hunger in India. We are leveraging the existing network of local NGOs, corporate CSR resources and our operational expertise to swiftly move funds and food to targeted beneficiaries in a sustained way. This multi-stakeholder partnership ensures large scale impact on hunger and malnutrition. This supports and strengthens the ecosystem for the implementation of other development programs such as livelihoods, women’s empowerment, education and skill development to break the viscous cycle of undernourishment and poverty.
Nutrition Improvement through Food Fortification
Food fortification or enrichment is the process of adding micronutrients (essential trace elements and vitamins) to food. Hidden hunger which involves vitamins and micro nutrient deficiencies is widespread and of great concern in India. Iron, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A and D can be delivered through fortified foods.Going forward, India Food Banking Network is working to put together a Fortification Project to deliver nutrition on scale through its large network of partner organizations.
Food safety and quality is at the core of Foodbanking operations. India Food Banking Network ensures that all the partner organisations in the network adhere to the standard operating procedures to ensure the quality of food being distributed to the beneficiaries. The entire supply chain is sensitive to any leakage, misuse, lax in safety and quality standards. All the stakeholders/partners are committed to maintaining full transparency and integrity while working together for managing food waste and distribution of surplus food to those in need and implementation of food and nutrition programs such as School Meals Programs.