Nestlé Signs MOU to Tackle Food Insecurity

The food giant and The Global FoodBanking Network are enhancing their partnership.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

March 27, 2024

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Nestlé & The Global FoodBanking Network sign MOU
The partnership aims to continue Nestlé's effort to increase access to food across the regions it operates in. Image courtesy of Jovanmandic / iStock / Getty Images Plus via Getty Images

Nestlé and The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to hunger relief and environmental sustainability, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to further enhance their collaboration.

"We tackle food insecurity by helping people in need gain access to food through actions such as product donations and as well as the giving of shared meals and services," said Nina Kruchten, head of Corporate Giving and Community Engagement at Nestlé. "Building on Nestlé's existing local support to foodbanks within the GFN network, averaging 5.2 million kilos of product donations each year, our new global relationship seeks to strengthen this collaboration towards our mutual goal of reducing hunger in our communities."

This partnership aims to continue Nestlé's effort to increase access to food across the geographies it operates in. Throughout 2023, Nestlé product donations globally totaled CHF 135.4 million, including, for example:

  • Nestlé partners with its supply chain to create a special recipe base for distribution by Foodbank Australia and New Zealand to help those in need create a meal from ingredients in food hampers. In 2023, more than 1.7 million servings were distributed to vulnerable people in both countries.

  • In Malaysia, to support communities in need, food and beverage benefitting 630,000 families was donated, through a long-standing collaboration with The Lost Food Project and Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia.

  • In collaboration with the Egyptian Food Bank, Nestlé provided over one million servings of relevant products to communities in need in the region. Additionally, employee volunteering drives were organized to complement the ongoing contributions.

  • In Greece, following the unprecedented flooding in Thessalia causing thousands of families to lose their homes, Nestlé delivered essential products via the Greek Food Bank during a difficult recovery period and festive season for the communities affected.

  • To support the community in Canton de Vaud, Switzerland, which has been the home of Nestlé for more than 115 years, Nestlé contributes to the support of 10,000 individuals and families every week in partnership with CA-RL through long-term and consistent product donations as well as volunteering.

  • In Mexico, in response to Hurricane Otis relief effort, which devastated the city of Acapulco leaving communities in desperate need of water and other essential items, Nestlé contributed with essential products as well as a financial donation of MXN $1 million to the Mexican Red Cross, CENACED, and Red BAMX (Bancos de Alimentos de Mexico).

This MOU seeks to strengthen the collaboration between Nestlé entities across the world and GFN food bank members in appropriate regions, increasing the number of relationships and further enhancing the quality of Nestlé's support to food banks.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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