Performance Metrics Include:
- 20,000 children expected to be reached by school feeding programs serviced by food banks.
- 60,000 expected to be reached by establising new school feeding programs in schools not served by the government.
- 300,000 children expected to be reached by supplying scaled Mid Day Meal providers components for school lunch programs.
- 45,000 children expected to be reached by expanding the current school breakfast program.
- 25,000 children expected to be reached by expanding the successful 'Bread Buddies' school feeding program.
The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) will utilize the proven concept of food banking to improve and expand in-school and after-school feeding initiatives in India, South Africa, Argentina, Colombia, and Jordan. The goal is to link surplus food to 500,000 hungry children over the next three years, engage the private sector as central partners in the fight to feed food insecure students and their families, and establish sustainable food bank systems that can provide a safety net to reduce hunger and malnutrition over the long term.
In Argentina, the Global FoodBanking Network will target the poorer communities of Buenos Aires. Rationing was already taking place in schools as it pertains to school feeding, and the government has recently reduced its presence in school feeding to just 20% of daily nutrition and quantity. The commitment will utilize excess kitchen capacity within the schools to prepare and serve school meals. Through food banking, donated product will be secured, provided to agencies in school 'districts' which will then send teams and product into the schools for meal preparation.
In Colombia, the commitment targets Bogota and the 250,000 students who are completely left out of the government assisted school meal program. Within this group, priority has been placed on the severely underserved and malnourished children occupying the 'rim' which is comprised of families displaced as a result of Colombia militias. Two methods will be used to provide services into the rim communities. First, food banks will provide food to agencies that then prepare the meals and deliver them to schools. Food banks will also provide food directly to some schools for on-site meal preparation.
In India, the commitment targets the expansion of the government's mid day meal scheme (MDM). Specifically food banks would be established to serve as 'suppliers' to large scale MDM providers. Food banks will obtain product such as cooking oil, produce, spices, etc., and distribute the product to MDM providers at little or no cost. With the food bank as supplier, MDM providers can experience significant budget relief allowing for expansion of services to new schools. Locations of the food banks will reflect where the scale providers are operating, most likely on the fringe of one of the major cities.
In Jordan, government school feeding program exists but is limited. Good news is that it is breakfast, the most important meal of the day. The bad news, this country has already pulled back on school feeding due to global food crisis by eliminating milk from the morning breakfast. In addition, the school feeding program only reaches 75% of the school-aged population. Furthermore, there is interest in adding a lunch component to school feeding; it is currently not provided. Focus for the commitment is to expand school breakfast to reach into the 25% of school-aged population currently not served by the program. In addition, specific attention will be paid to re-supplying milk to the program, utilizing food banking to leverage industry for donated supply.
In South Africa, the commitment targets the expansion of the proven Bread Buddies program currently operated by our partner, Feedback. In its most basic form, Bread Buddies is a school feeding effort in which a 'wealthy' school makes sandwiches for a township school...enough to feed everyone. Each recipient school is assigned to five donor schools so that sandwiches are provided each day of the week. It is designed to be a supplement to the poorly executed National School Nutrition Program of the government. The commitment would involve establishing the Bread Buddies program in a food bank in one region of South Africa. It would serve three purposes: supplement the NSNP in primary schools, expand to include high schools in particularly poor communities where students are heads of households due to being orphaned by HIV/Aides taking their parents. The third delivery mechanism for the program would be to provide sandwiches on weekends and holidays through the schools in food insecure communities.
SEEKING: financial resources, implementing partners, media and marketing assistance. The Global Foodbanking Network is seeking global food and grocery products companies who wish to donate surplus, unsaleable food
OFFERING: implementing partners, best