Many food banks routinely purchase products to compliment the donated surplus they receive, and to support specific programs. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks dramatically increased their purchasing to secure access to essential products – 89% of food banks in the network are now purchasing products to meet local needs.
Purchasing a large volume of product has a big impact on the food bank’s budget and in turn requires extra funds to be raised. Therefore, some food banks have developed innovative approaches to purchasing that are more cost-effective than just buying at wholesale and can have other reputational or relational benefits.
This vFBLI Experience will showcase examples from three food banks:
- Foodbank Australia
- India FoodBanking Network
- FareShare, UK
In the table on the left you will find presentations on each of these case studies. You can then view the videos below of Q&A sessions with experts from those food banks. In order to accommodate multiple time zones, two live Q&A sessions were conducted.
February 17 Session (English)
February 24 Session (English and Spanish)
Click the video on the left to go on a virtual tour of Alimento para Todos (Food for All). Alimento para Todos (APT) is the food bank serving Mexico City and is a member of Bancos de Alimentos de Mexico – the National Network of food banks in Mexico.
If you want to learn more about APT after taking the virtual tour, The Management Team of Alimento para Todos will be hosting another Q&A Session in the coming weeks
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