Our activities are divided into two categories: food sourcing/recovery and food redistribution.
Category 1: food sourcing and recovery
1. Agricultural Recovery Programme
The Agricultural Recovery Programme is FBK’s pioneering project and provides our largest source of rescued food. Significant losses are recorded by farmers in the first three levels of the food supply chain:
- Post-Harvest Handling.
We aim to provide our beneficiaries with nutritionally rich food by rescuing excess food surplus that would have gone to waste and redistributing it to vulnerable groups and communities. We have partnered with commercial farms, small-scale farmers, and pack houses close to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) from whom we rescue food. Under this framework, FBK can collect surplus produce at subsidized rates in our bid to end food wastage. Currently, we have partnered with 15 farms and traders and, since starting the Programme, we have rescued more than 400,000 kilograms of fresh fruits and vegetables.
2. Food Drives
We can collect dry goods such as wheat flour, maize flour, sugar, rice, etc. We then redistribute these donated goods to our beneficiaries. Chandarana Foodplus Supermarket is our oldest partner under this program and continues to support our activities at several of their branches around Nairobi.
Category 2: food redistribution
1. School Feeding Programme
The effects of hunger and malnutrition on school-going children are devastating, including impaired cognition, decreased concentration, absenteeism, and poor academic performance. The FBK School Feeding Program was rolled out in November 2020 to address hunger and nutritional needs in schools. Presently, the program serves six (6) primary schools located in informal settlements in Nairobi, with a total of 1,900 children enrolled and being fed daily.
2. Organised Groups
This is one of our oldest and longest-running programs. We continue to build our network of organized groups under the umbrella of our Feeding Program. Children’s Homes in informal settlements are undernourished and lack dependable and steady sources of nutritional food. With the support of our partners, Food banking Kenya feeds more than 40 beneficiary organizations, including children’s homes; groups for the aged; rehabilitation/rescue centers; and groups for people living with disabilities/HIV Aids. Our beneficiaries receive their ration on a bi-weekly basis, which feeds them for the entire month. At present, we have adopted 34 Children’s Homes and feed 2,695 children daily.
3. Emergency Outreach Programme
Rescued fresh farm produce from the farms is collected, sorted, and redistributed to the most vulnerable families in informal settlements. Our target group in this program is the very needy cases of persons that are unemployed, aged, disabled, or severely affected by the negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Under our emergency outreach program, we can reach more than 800 families.