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    HEB Hosts Confab on Food Bank Development, Sourcing

    Chain helps draw global business leaders together to trade ideas on feeding the hungry.

    San Antonio, Texas this week became ground zero in the larger battle to alleviate hunger for 850 million people across the globe, when H.E. Butt Grocery Co. shared its best practices on reallocating food and grocery products to deliver food assistance to the hungry with a group of global business leaders.

    San Antonio-based HEB worked in collaboration with the Global FoodBanking Network (GFN), to assemble food bank and business leaders from Latin America, Canada, U.S., the European Federation, the Middle East, and Asia for a conference from March 3 to 7.

    The dignitaries traded ideas on topics including The Food Bank as a Community Asset; Organizational Structural Issues: Design for Efficiency; How Food Banks Work; Traditional and Non-Traditional Sources of Food; Identifying Needs and Finding Donors; and Food Sourcing Infrastructure.

    Besides HEB, sponsors for the event were the Kellogg Co., Procter & Gamble, and The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. Food bank networks in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, and Argentina represented the Latin American delegation. Nine guests from South Africa, where GFN is developing a network of food banks in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Port Elizabeth, were among the attendees.

    The Global FoodBanking Network supports food banks and food bank networks where they exist, and works to create them in communities where they are needed.

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