The Egyptian Food Bank hosted a celebration for the community-based organizations (CBOs) as part of the second phase of contracting with the associations that play a crucial role in the relevant governorates. The event was attended by Mohsen Sarhan, CEO of the Egyptian Food Bank, representatives of the second-phase CBOs, and included the honoring of first-phase organizations, namely the Al Said Al Shabrawi Foundation for Development in Belbeis, Zawad Foundation for Community Development in Sharqia. Other organizations that participated are Nahda Beni Suef Foundation, Salah El-Din Society for Community Development, and Rawdet Al-Furqan for Community Development in Fayoum. The event also welcomed the new second-phase CBOs, including the Local Community Development Association in Al-Rawda, Charitable Society at the Allouba facility, Resala Association Damanhour Branch in Beheira Governorate, Al-Sayeda Rokaya Foundation, Khair Baladna Association in Gharbia, Anhar Al-Kheir Foundation in Damietta, Fursan Al-Hadidi Foundation. Moreover, the new organizations witnessed the participation of Al-Jawad Al-Kareem Charity Association, Al-Majd Foundation in Dakahlia, Noor Al-Qamar Association, Noor Al-Islam Association in Abu Qirqas in Minya, Suhbat Al-Khair Association, Rahma Association in Fazara, Al-Anwar Al-Mohammadia Association in Al-Balyana, and the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab Charity Association in Tahta, Sohag.
A panel discussion was held during the celebration with first-phase CBOs to showcase their experiences during the one-year collaboration with the Egyptian Food Bank and discuss the second phase’s initiatives. The aim of the second phase is to establish strategic partnerships that help the Egyptian Food Bank in meeting its objectives and facilitating the execution of its initiatives and programs across all governorates. This aims to unify the visions and common goals between the Egyptian Food Bank and CBOs to achieve the public interest and Egypt Vision 2030. It emphasizes preserving resources, minimizing waste, and building strong partnerships to contribute to the development of the social work system and achieve sustainable development. This could be attained through working towards providing distinguished community service and improving the quality of the services offered, by ensuring food security for deserving categories. This reflects on operational excellence, one of the strategies of the Egyptian Food Bank.
“The primary goal of partnering with CBOs is to support EFB’s role in implementing food programs through strong strategic partnerships. We aim to leverage the vital role played by CBOs and work towards achieving EFB’s objectives based on three pillars: creating public value, community support and authorization, and operational excellence. I am delighted to celebrate and welcome the second-phase organizations, contributing to their development as successful partners of the Egyptian Food Bank.”, remarked Mohsen Sarhan, the CEO of the Egyptian Food Bank.
He added, “The selection of CBOs is based on four criteria: administrative capabilities, logistical aspects, financial sustainability, and relationships and connections. This ensures that the chosen NGOs possess the necessary capacity and readiness to effectively and sustainably engage in projects and joint initiatives across different governorates. At the Egyptian Food Bank, we provide training for our CBOs to enhance their capabilities and empower them to efficiently execute required tasks in accordance with approved standards and best practices. These training sessions are regularly organized to ensure continuous improvement in our partners’ performance.”
The Egyptian Food Bank initiated a series of training sessions for CBOs during the past year as part of a plan to activate a protocol across three governorates: Sharqia, Fayoum, and Beni Suef. This involved specialized programs in research, data updating, and family categorization according to the Egyptian Food Bank’s strategy. Collaborations with these organizations contributed to achieving positive outcomes, including receiving and distributing parcels and dry food items and meats from EFB’s warehouses to grassroots CBOs. This expedited the monitoring of food delivery and the execution of agreed-upon programs through trained teams participating in research, surveys, and data collection, coordinated with these CBOs to serve the scientific research conducted by the Egyptian Food Bank for the development of implemented programs and services. This was achieved through the design of digital programs specifically tailored for them to monitor the process, significantly aiding in resolving issues encountered by the Egyptian Food Bank with grassroots CBOs.