Food Bank Leadership Institute

Early in GFN’s history, food bank members expressed the need for a formal event to connect with and learn directly from peers and partners. In 2007, we created the Food Bank Leadership Institute (FBLI) to meet that need.

Today, FBLI is the only global food banking conference in the world. Over the years, in-person and virtual conversations among FBLI participants have resulted in local leaders opening new food banks, expanding programs to address issues like child hunger and food loss and waste, and increasing capacity to serve more people. FBLI also serves as an important platform for broader conversations between food banks and other food systems experts.

FBLI 2023 – Mexico City

The annual in-person FBLI is GFN’s flagship event and is a must attend event for food bank leaders, social entrepreneurs, global corporate citizens, and experts from around the world on the front lines of building more resilient food systems for the long term. FBLI is returning as an in-person event in March 2023 in Mexico City. For more information about the event, and to register, please click the button below.

Virtual FBLI

During COVID-19 it was not possible to gather in-person. However, as food banks around the world responded to the impact of the pandemic, GFN recognized the importance for this global community to share innovations, collaborate on solving common challenges, and exchange best practices. To facilitate this important exchange GFN established virtual FBLI (vFBLI) which convened online events covering a wide variety of topics from global food systems trends to regionally focused peer-to-peer idea exchange. GFN will continue to offer virtual events to facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange that compliments the annual in-person FBLI event.

This site is your hub for vFBLI. Please scroll down to find all the information you need to make the most of this unique offering. You can view recordings of previous sessions and continue to check for updates as we confirm additional sessions and speakers. We look forward to seeing you at a session soon!

Focus on Latin America: Hunger Is Now

FBLI 2023 Mexico City
(an in person event)

vFBLI Sessions

Previous Sessions

vFBLI Featured Speakers

Materials Management Branch, EPA

vFBLI Sponsors

FBLI Videos

Conectamos Heroes

A Message from Mexico

FBLI 2019 in Review