Egyptian Food Bank

The Egyptian Food Bank (EFB) is a nonprofit organisation dedicated to fighting hunger and reducing poverty in Egypt, co-founded in 2006 by businessman Moez El Shohdi. EFB both distributes food aid and works to address the root causes of hunger, such as poverty and high unemployment. Its focus areas including the repurposing of excess food from hotels and restaurants as food relief; advocacy around reducing food waste; skills training and jobs matching for beneficiaries to reduce their dependency on food aid; capacity building for partner NGOs; and volunteer programmes. Since launch, the EFB model has been recreated in more than 30 countries worldwide, via its sister organisation, the Food Bank Regional Network.

Related sustainable development goals

  • No Poverty
  • Zero Hunger
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth

Focus areas

Focus sectors

  • Agriculture
    • Food security
  • Development
    • Sustainable development
    • Economic development
      • Employment
  • Humanitarian
    • Food banks
    • Free goods distribution
    • Food aid

Focus populations

  • Grandparents
  • Homeless people
  • Immigrants and migrants
  • Low-income people
  • Orphans
  • Parents
  • Refugees and displaced people
  • Single parents
  • Widows and widowers
  • Working poor

Focus geographies

  • North Africa
    • Egypt


  • Awareness programmes
    A key pillar of EFB's model is raising awareness of food waste, both among the general public, and the hospitality sector. The bank also collects and repurposes untouched food from hotels and restaurants to be redistributed as food relief.
  • Development programmes
    EFB's flagship programme in this space is the Villages Development Project, which uses funding to promote social and economic empowerment within villages. Funding is used in support of local infrastructure building, to support startups and small businesses, and to fund literacy classes and vocational training for residents. The food bank also operates a school feeding programme.
  • Food aid
    Food aid is delivered to needy families in partnership with a network of registered nonprofits in Egypt. Distribution is expanded during Ramadan and Eid.
  • Volunteering programmes
    The food bank oversees a range of individual and corporate volunteering programmes in support of its operations and distribution model.


Funding model

  • Grants to organisations
  • In-kind gifts
    • Donated goods

Primary funders

  • Moez El Shohdi


Key staff

  • Moez El Shohdi, Co-founder

Board members

  • , Board member
  • Ahmed Ahmed Sadek Al Sweedy, Vice chair
  • Amr Ismail Soliman, Board member
  • Hesham Mahmoud Farag El Nabawy, Board member
  • Manal Fathy Abdel Qader Saleh, General secretary
  • Moez Al Shohdi, Board member
  • Niazy Sallam, Board chair
  • Sahnoud Mohamed Ibrahim El Khodary, Board member
  • Sanaa Mohamed Ibrahim El Khodary, Board member
  • Shahira Mohamed Magdy Ibrahim Zeid, Board member
  • Wael Wagdy Riad Olama, Treasurer

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