FedEx delivers 50,000 boxes to local food bank in Colombia


Many people have been impacted by COVID-19 and food insecurity has substantially increased. The Global FoodBanking Network’s (GFN) mission is to nourish the world’s hungry through uniting and advancing food banks. Last year, during the pandemic, GFN reached out to FedEx in hopes of working together to send food-grade boxes, donated by International Paper, to Bogota Food Bank in Colombia.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, food bank organizations worldwide have had to make changes to how their supply chains and distribution methods operate to meet growing needs, as well as meet the requirements of local COVID-19 mandates. This opportunity enabled Bogota Food Bank to access a critical supply of boxes which is a more prevalent solution for distributing food directly to partner agencies and families. Because of this donation, 50,000 families will benefit from better packaging to hold their products.

“Families facing hunger will now receive their groceries in one of these boxes. When items are not packaged properly, the product can be easily damaged. This enhanced shipping process will make packaging and delivery more convenient for the food banks and our beneficiaries.” - Daniel Saldarriaga, Director, Bogota Food Bank

The food boxes were distributed in Bogota and remote areas where people were badly affected by the winter weather and the pandemic including San Andrés y Providencia, Chocó, Buenaventura, Guapi, Cúcuta, Medellín and Cali.

FedEx agreed to transport boxes donated from International Paper Mexico’s facility to Bogota Food Bank in Colombia on behalf of GFN, as a part of the company’s FedEx Cares “Delivering for Good” initiative, in which FedEx uses its global network and logistics expertise to help organizations with mission-critical needs in times of disaster and for special shipments.

 

***Photo published with permission from The Global FoodBanking Network