OUR CORE VALUES
- Commitment: We are committed to solving hunger induced problems and providing related services
- Compassion: We are motivated by compassion to reach out to the poor
- Community: We collaborate with others who share our goals of a poverty free nation
The Lagos Food Bank has 10 major objectives:
- To distribute food and relief items to the poor and under-served communities
- To accept donations of food and food-related products
- To accept donations of money or other property
- To empower vulnerable communities with menial jobs to put food on their tables
- To receive, inspect, and store items for distribution
- To co-operate with other NGOs with similar objectives
- To serve as a link between the haves and the have-not by transparent transfer of resources
- To be the first port of call for welfare and emergency relief for disaster victims by providing co-ordination and support in the distribution of food stuffs and relief
- To ensure that support and information are consistently available, to help guarantee the appropriateness of emergency programs
- To work with other groups towards a solution to the problem of poverty in Lagos Nigeria
We are committed to creating a Lagos without hunger and closing the obvious food gap.
There are two parts to our Mission:
- To act as a front-line agency assisting those struggling with hunger and malnutrition across the country.
- To act as a food warehouse with branches in all the 20 Local governments in Lagos and to work with other agencies that assist people in need.
We are not unmindful of the fact that the problems we seek to solve are complex and demand the coordination and focus of many stakeholders – leaders, governments, corporate entities, communities, and individuals around in our Nation. Achieving our goal may be challenging, but we know we can get there.
We obviously cannot achieve it alone, but together we can work for a hunger-free Nigeria.
If food banking system can work successfully in other climes especially the United State of America, United Kingdom etc; we are very optimistic that our advocacy to spread food bank across Lagos and Nigeria will become a reality.
Lagos Food Bank is a non-governmental, non-profit, private-driven initiative committed to fighting hunger, reducing food waste and offering emergency food services through our proposed food banking network across Lagos state. LFBI’s goal is to be the leader in battling the menace of hunger and its causes by creating, supplying, and strengthening new food banks and in all the twenty (20) Local Governments Areas in Lagos State.
We seek to alleviate hunger and poverty by delivering food and disaster reliefs free of charge. Our goal is to make a difference in our communities and create volunteer opportunities for all.
LFBI believes that food is a fundamental right of all people because food gives life and that hunger is an issue of social justice. LFBI is a leading advocate for promoting access to healthy food, expanding food service program, and increasing funding for the Supplemental Nutrition. These systemic and sustainable solutions support children, families, and adult citizens in being more food secure and healthy.
With the exception of shelter and clothing as the basic necessities of life, food remains the most vital because of its centrality to human existence.
Feeding children/school pupils is also one of our missions because research has shown that one (1) out of four (4) children in our community is “food insecure”, which implies that they are not sure when, or from where, their next meal will come. Creative solutions, such as the LFBI in every local government area in Lagos, are required in order to continually address this overwhelming problem of hunger and malnutrition.
Our mission is therefore borne out of the compassion an average Lagosian should have on the people we see around us every day; people living in abject poverty; i.e. people who do not have any hope of where their next meal will come from; bread winners who lost their jobs; single parents struggling to feed their children, children begging for food; urgent need for food arising from natural or financial crisis. Rising food and fuel prices, low incomes, unemployment health care some of the reasons why increasing numbers are in need of emergency food and succour.
We have also observed that even people we never expected could be hungry are indeed hungry and could not have imagined going out publicly to beg for food. We are motivated by these needs to give food, life and hope to people with little or no hope at all.
One of the most important results of the establishment of the LFBI is that it will put hidden poverty in plain sight and the need for action on the agenda. In this sense, the presence of food bank among us, even in the most affluent areas of Lagos, opens the eyes of the people to the need, vulnerability and poverty of others in our midst.
A scorecard on hunger in Africa recently revealed that Nigeria has the highest number of hungry people in West Africa, as about 12.1 million people are hungry or under nourished in the country.
No doubt in the words of an eminent political leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, he said “If not urgently addressed, the stratospheric level of hunger, deprivation and inequality in the land will inevitably provoke a violent revolution in the land” —January 2015-
While we do not pray for a revolution, we must be mindful of the fact that every day people around us go hungry for reasons ranging from abject poverty, sudden death of bread winners, unexpected loss of jobs, debt, and natural disaster to financial crisis. Hunger threatens our survival and the instinct of survival is the strongest instinct known to man. People can do anything out of the ordinary for survival. A lot of crimes recorded on the street of Lagos and robberies are motivated by hunger and lack of hope.
Maslow, in is his hierarchy of needs categorizes the need for food as basic physiological need, that is very critical or crucial to human existence. A hungry man or woman for instance cannot think of entrepreneurship or education, national development until that basic need is met.
The diagram therefore shows the need for food appearing at the bottom of the pyramid.
To this end, Lagos Food Bank is founded to provide a relief and hope to the hopeless and minimum of monthly food and support to people experiencing crisis from any of the situations painted above.
Lagos Food Bank is set to partner with religious organizations, corporate entities and communities to open new food banks nationwide. Our goal is committed to ensuring that every Local Government in Nigeria has a food bank and one out of every five streets has a food bank.
We have started with distribution of foodstuffs, clothing and beverages like rice, beans, yam, palm oil, milk, Milo and sugar. Having attained a considerable amount of success and funding in this area, we will then move to preparing packed food for one off cases by having a standby kitchen to cater for those in desperate need of food.