CEO, Food Security Foundation India
(India FoodBanking Network)
“The burden of hunger and mal nutrition continues to remain a challenge for India. The Covid 19 pandemic which has severely impacted economic growth and livelihoods is expected to increase the number of food insecure in the country. The Targeted Public Distribution system (TPDS) operated under the joint responsibility of the Government of India and the State governments is the largest social protection program in the world. India Food Banking Network is committed to act and contribute to national efforts to prevent and reduce food waste, fight hunger & malnutrition and protect our planet. " Vandana Singh, CEO.
India Food Banking Network is creating a strong and efficient network of FoodBanks across the country. It is reaching out to various supportive organizations in order to broaden the alliance needed to address the challenges of hunger, malnutrition and food waste. The Network with 25 FoodBanks, over 150 NGO beneficiary organisations and more than 25 corporate partners is serving over a million meals every year in a sustained way and also distributing tons of surplus food to those in need.
Collaboration: We focus on leveraging the power of networks to address these complex challenges. We are committed to working collaboratively with the Food Banks, corporate partners, beneficiary organizations, governments and other partners across the hunger relief network.
Food Safety: Food safety and quality is at the core of Food Banking operations. We support all the partner organisations in the network to develop processes to ensure that the food being distributed to the beneficiaries is safe and of good quality. The entire supply chain is sensitive to any leakage, misuse, lax in safety and quality standards.
Integrity: We 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.
Volunteerism: We believe that the community also needs to take responsibility of feeding those in need in their neighbourhood. We therefore encourage individual volunteers and corporate employees to contribute food / time / skills to the cause of fighting hunger.