The South Africa Forum for Food Security was formed in early 2008 to address the splintered approach to hunger relief in this country. This effort was sparked and guided by a partner in the form of The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN). The GFN is a US-based charitable organisation that works collaboratively to reduce world hunger by securing more food and enhancing the ability to efficiently distribute food through food banks and foodbanking networks around the globe.
Over 18 months these partners polled hundreds of organisations to explore how to more fully and efficiently utilise South Africa's food resources to address the needs of hungry South Africans. Towards the end of 2008, these efforts culminated in a number of leading hunger relief organisations, including Feedback Food Redistribution, Lions Food Project, Robin Good Initiative and Johannesburg Foodbank, agreeing to amalgamate their operations to form a new organisation. FoodBank South Africa was born.
Supported by the national government and leading companies in the food industry, FoodBank South Africa is working to establish a nationwide network of food banks in urban and rural areas of South Africa, with all working towards the common goal of eliminating hunger and food insecurity.
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