Nestlé Partners with The Global FoodBanking Network to Strengthen Food Access Support

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Nestlé and The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to solidify their collaboration in fighting hunger.

We tackle food insecurity by helping people in need gain access to food through product donations, shared meals, and services,” said Nina Kruchten, Head of Corporate Giving and Community Engagement at Nestlé. “Building on our existing local support to GFN food banks, averaging 5.2 million kilos of donated products annually, this new global partnership strengthens our collaboration to reduce hunger in our communities.

Food banks are deeply rooted in their communities, enabling them to quickly respond to hunger relief needs,” said Ignacio Gavilán, Senior Director of Food Systems Partnerships at The Global FoodBanking Network. “They also play a crucial role in reducing food loss and waste throughout the supply chain, ensuring nutritious food reaches families’ tables. We’re proud to partner with Nestlé, a significant donor to our network’s food banks, to continue this important work of nourishing people together.

This partnership aims to expand Nestlé’s efforts to increase food access across its operational regions. In 2023 alone, Nestlé’s global product donations amounted to CHF 135.4 million. Here are some examples of their contributions:

  • Australia and New Zealand: Nestlé collaborated with its supply chain to create a special recipe base distributed by Foodbank Australia and New Zealand. This enabled those in need to create meals from ingredients in food hampers. Over 1.7 million servings were distributed to vulnerable people in both countries throughout 2023.
  • Malaysia: Through a long-standing partnership with The Lost Food Project and Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia, Nestlé donated food and beverages that benefitted 630,000 families.
  • Egypt: In collaboration with the Egyptian Food Bank, Nestlé provided over a million servings of essential products to communities in need. Additionally, employee volunteering drives complemented their ongoing contributions.
  • Greece: Following devastating floods in Thessalia, Nestlé partnered with the Greek Food Bank to deliver essential products to affected communities during the recovery period and festive season.
  • Switzerland: In Canton de Vaud, Nestlé’s home for over 115 years, the company contributes to supporting 10,000 individuals and families every week. This is achieved through long-term product donations, volunteering efforts, and a partnership with CA-RL.
  • Mexico: In response to Hurricane Otis’s devastation of Acapulco, Nestlé donated essential products and a financial contribution of MXN $1 Million to the Mexican Red Cross, CENACED, and Red BAMX (Bancos de Alimentos de Mexico) to support the relief effort.

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This MOU aims to strengthen collaboration between Nestlé entities worldwide and GFN food bank members in relevant regions. This will increase the number of partnerships and enhance the quality of Nestlé’s support for food banks. Nestlé and GFN remain committed to working together globally to ensure food reaches those who need it most.