GENERAL FAQs

Lagos Food Bank Initiative was legally registered with Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in 2015 and commenced operations officially with a brand on February 14, 2016. We have decided to pick February 14, 2016 as our official commencement date for the purpose of anniversary.

Lagos Food Bank is not limited to only Lagos State. We have started expanding our reach to other states in Nigeria and we also work with other credible registered organizations across the country to implement food relief interventions.

Lagos Food Bank is not a state owned initiative. It is %100 private and its funding is %100 from the private sector. LFBI however work with Government Agencies like Primary Health Care Centers in different LGAs, and LASEMA to offer nutrition intervention and emergency relief support to vulnerable citizens.

Lagos Food Bank Initiative started as a personal past experience of the founder who as a child experienced food-insecurity. According to him, went to school severally on an empty stomach and also went to bed hungry. As a result, he started to fend for himself at a young age to get food. His past experience of food insecurity coupled with the fact that over 60% live on less than $2/day prompted him to start Lagos Food Bank which to date has helped over 1,000,000 people to attain food security across several communities in Lagos.

Please visit this link to donate

Lagos Food Bank awards community service Certificate to volunteers who have successfully completed 100hrs of community service with the food bank. In addition to this we are awarding certificates to all volunteers who participated and completed 100hrs of community service during COVID-19 Emergency Food Intervention Program.

  • We create an avenue for your organization to showcase your CSR activities through our active social media presence on Instagram, twitter and Facebook. We provide more Visibility of your brand on our social media page to thousands of people.
  • Lagos Food Bank Initiative has a cumulative of over 100,000 followers on all social media platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin and Tik-Tok, with over 9000 email contacts of active volunteers and stakeholders. Partnering with us will mean your organization will be in the faces of all these people..
  • We create an avenue for interested staff in your organization to volunteer their time for humanitarian works and also providing an opportunity for your staff to have an interface with the indigent public outside the walls of the office environment.
  • Giving back to your community through LFBI will help your organization build stronger relationships with your existing customers and gain new ones.
  • By supporting a LFBI, your business is spreading the word about your values and intentions, and helping you get introduced to new customers who are passionate about what we do at LFBI.

Lagos Food Bank issues certificate of donation/donation summaries to top/regular donors. Please refer to our annual report page to see examples of top donors.

Grains: Rice, Beans and Garri; we also accept all kinds food items provided they are edible.

No; a volunteer is not allowed to be a beneficiary. However any volunteer willing to be a beneficiary will cease to be a volunteer to enjoy all the status of a beneficiary.

We accept ALL types of food. For a more detailed list, kindly click here.

Yes! We have cold chain storage and can accept perishable items like frozen chicken, turkey, and ground beef, as well as fresh vegetables and fruit, yams and plantains. We encourage you drop these items off at the food bank in person or call 0703 129 5645 to finalize on logistics.

Lagos Food Bank keeps our volunteers up-to-date with events and progress of ongoing projects via emails, and our social media platforms. You can also apply to be an intern or volunteer your time in office administration at Lagos Food Bank.
The office administration activities include, fundraising, food sourcing, research, social media, graphic design, videography, photography, volunteer management and engagement, communication, nutritionist, Business Development, Donor relations, Finance, Policy and advocacy, programs, Agriculturist, Warehouse management, operations to name a few. If you would like to take the career path in volunteering, you can also apply to volunteer full-time. Please click here to apply.

Funds are gotten through individual and corporate donations, contributions, partnerships, grants and merchandise (t-shirts, caps and umbrellas). |Please download our annual report to get more updates about our source funding.

We have six drop off points as follows: To donate to any of the below locations, please contact Abibat at 08028741322 before going to drop off at locations.
1. Ogbu Adim Abua – Adeniji Estate, Lagos Island, Lagos – Flat 5 block 60 phase 3 Adeniji Adele Estate

2. Ogunpaimoola Mojisola – ogunpaimomojisola@gmail.com – Isaac John street, Ikeja G.R.A. – 2a Isaac john Street, Ikeja GRA

3. Tosin Dada-Phillips – tosindadaphillips@gmail.com – Alausa, Ikeja House 6, Adonai court estate MKO Abiola Gardens road, Alausa, Ikeja.

4. Ayelabola Beatrice – everlysegs@yahoo.com 08066074292 Surulere – 11 Modupe Johnson, off Adediran Ogunsanya, Surulere, Lagos.

5. Akinpelu Olateju – Ebute-Metta 99 Lagos Street, Ebute-Meta East, Lagos.

6. Odims Ujunwa – Ajah 10/12 Bisi Afolabi Street, Addo road, Ajah, Lagos.

We do not pay our volunteers except for the Intern volunteers who are paid monthly stipend to cover transportation only.

Lagos Food Bank is noted limited to only Lagos State. We work with other credible registered organizations across the country and can implement food relief interventions with ease with the help of our registered partners.

Lagos Food Bank awards community service Certificate to volunteers who have successfully completed 100hrs of community service with the food bank. In addition to this we are awarding certificates to all volunteers who participated and completed 100hrs of community service during COVID-19 Emergency Food Intervention Program. Ordinarily, it takes a minimum of 3-4 months to get an LFBI certificate but you are keen on getting an LFBI certificate much faster, we encourage you to join our daily school feeding (EDUFOOD) program volunteers.

To become a volunteer, fill out the volunteer registration online form to get started. Once filled and submitted, an on-boarding confirmation email will be sent to your registered email. Further information on the volunteering procedures and volunteer guidelines will be sent to your registered email as part of the on-boarding process. The entire process takes an average of 72hours.

No! A volunteer is not allowed to be a beneficiary. However any volunteer willing to be a beneficiary will cease to be a volunteer to get food relief as a beneficiary.

Lagos Food Bank keeps our volunteers up-to-date with events and progress of ongoing projects via emails, and our social media platforms. You can also apply to be an intern or volunteer your time in office administration at Lagos Food Bank. The office administration activities include, fundraising, food sourcing, research, social media, graphic design, videography, photography, volunteer management and engagement, communication, nutritionist, Business Development, Donor relations, Finance, Policy and advocacy, programs, Agriculturist, Warehouse management, operations to name a few. If you would like to take the career path in volunteering, you can also apply to volunteer full-time. Please click here to apply.

Funds are gotten through individual and corporate donations, contributions, partnerships, grants and merchandise (t-shirts, caps and umbrellas). |Please download our annual report to get more updates about our source funding.

We usually go for a location inspection before every outreach to ensure we interact, determine and register vulnerable individuals (Children 0-12, Nursing mothers, Malnourished children and the Elderly). We however have access to a database of beneficiaries we have reached out to in the past which we can call to come to the foodbank for an in-house outreach intervention.

Yes, every donation counts at Lagos Food Bank.

Funding is gotten through individual, corporate donations and grants.

Lagos Food Bank Initiative plays a key role in delivering on at least five of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which are aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all.  Foodbank’s operations are strongly aligned to the following five goals, SDG 2 Zero Hunger, SDG 1 No Poverty, SDG 2 Good Health and Wellbeing, SDG 4 Quality Education, SDG 5 Gender Equality.

FAQs ON PARTNERSHIP

Yes, it depends on terms and conditions, Kindly call this number 07031295645 for clarification

We currently have five programs running at the moment.
a. NUMEPLAN: ₦1,500/day
b. EDUFOOD: ₦490.00/day
c. FAMILY FARMING: ₦64,100 (to set up a beneficiary for all the program specialization)
d. NIDS: ₦20,000/month
e. TEFAP: ₦7000/beneficiary

We have a vendor database which consists of the details of all our dealers in major markets whom we purchase food items from at wholesale prices. We also have a branded Lagos Food Bank truck which aids our pickups and delivery these open markets.

We understand that ‘best before’ is a matter of quality and not of safety, therefore foods that are close to their expiration dates can be accepted and redistributed to our to beneficiaries to solve their immediate hunger needs.

We have a cold chain facility (Refrigerators, freezers) to store foods in order to extend their shelf life and allow us more time for distribution.

Yes. We have trucks which we use for pickups for donated items from various
locations to enable ease of delivery on the part of our donors. However, pick up options are subject to size of donation per time especially 1000kg and above. Otherwise, we encourage donations to made directly to our storehouse/warehouse.

We are open to invite prospective donors to our warehouse facility to see how food is picked up, stored and distributed. We could also extend an invitation to donors to attend any of our weekly community outreaches/food drives. Media files could also be shared after each outreach for transparency and accountability.

We usually go for a location inspection before every outreach to ensure we interact, determine and register vulnerable individuals (Children 0-12, Nursing mothers, Malnourished children and the Elderly). We however have access to a database of beneficiaries we have reached out to in the past which we can call to come to the foodbank for an in-house outreach intervention.

Yes, you can. Although this is highly dependent on your budget. We would need to go for a community inspection beforehand to identify the undeserved in the community and hand out beneficiary tags to enable us distribute the items properly on the outreach day.

This is dependent on the budget of the prospective donors. We have partnership types that are suited to meet the budget of our donors. click here to see.

Yes, however, this is dependent on the type of partnership. Click here to see more.

We have a database of our beneficiaries from all our programs which we call and visit frequently to monitor and record progress made. Impact assessment and monitoring is a priority for us at the Lagos Food Bank.

One of our deliverables in Lagos Food Bank is to provide details on each intervention made. These details are in form of pictures, videos and a detailed written report. These would be sent to the partners after each outreach is completed.

Yes, but only at the School feeding program. For outreaches, we now focus on adults who collect raw food as against cooked food. However, where situations warrant that we serve children cooked meals at our Community interventions, we might.

We purchase food at a discounted price from selected retailers. As for preferring funds to food items, this is dependent on the preference of the donor but food donations are always accepted.

The sum total to feed a family of 5-7 for 3 weeks to one month are as follows:
a. 100 families’ costs N700,000
b. 200 families’ costs N1,400,000.
c. While 500 families cost N3,500,000.
d. 1000 families cost N7.000,000..

Please note that indirect Beneficiaries will be up to 2000 people all together because one family has an average member of 5 children especially families living in the low income areas.
Kindly be informed also that this plan/budget is not cast in stone, you can reach out to a higher number of beneficiaries depending on your budget. We would be glad to assist you achieve your CSR goals in this regard.

We currently have four programs running at the moment.
a. NUMEPLAN: ₦1,500/day
b. EDUFOOOD: N490.00/day
c. FAMILY FARMING: N64,100 (to set up a beneficiary for all the program
specialization.)
d. NIDS: ₦20,000/month
e. TEFAP- ₦7,000

The items given out can be dependent on the budget and preference of our partners. The cost of a family size pack for a family of five is N6000. The Family size pack contains the following:
Food Items: Rice, Beans, Garri, Groundnut oil, Sardine, Seasoning (Curry, Maggi, and Knorr Chicken), Eggs, Sachet milk, Chocolate spread, Spaghetti, Macaroni, Semovita, Wheatmeal, Supplements, Cereal etc.
Non-food Items: Bathing soaps, Sunlight detergent, Sunlight dishwashing liquid, Pears baby powder, Shampoo and Conditioner, Nose masks, Sanitizers, Body care products etc.

FAQs ON JOB PLACEMENT

No, you are not required to make any payment in this regards. This is just our way of tackling unemployment in Lagos by connecting the skills of our beneficiaries to jobs around them to make them fend for themselves.

Yes, although this is not guaranteed. We try to connect beneficiaries with employers close to them so as to save them the cost of transportation.

No, we do not get a commission. Our primary goal is to ensure our beneficiaries are gainfully employed so they can fend for themselves.

No, we try our best to connect you to a menial worker. However, connection is based on the availability of beneficiaries that best fit your job opening.

Payment of salary is made directly to the beneficiary by the employer.
The food bank is not involved in the process of salary payment. The food bank only facilitates the connection between the employer and the beneficiaries.

At food bank jobs, we don’t decide availability of accommodation. This is decided by the employers. However, it also depends on the kind of job you are offered.

The food bank is not responsible for any form of misconduct that may occur between both parties. Our duty is to aid the connect ion between the employer and our beneficiaries. This is why we encourage the employers to request for a guarantor from the beneficiaries/employee.

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FAQ On Volunteering

Our major outreaches are mostly held on the last Saturday in a month, but we also hold smaller outreaches, which can be in a weekday.

Kindly click here
Fill out the volunteer form, check your inbox ,promotion, spam folder ,open the instant email address sent by Lagos Food Bank, click on ‘’YES SUBSCRIBE ME’’ to this mailing list ,read instruction underneath the bottom. This will take 48hours to get full confirmation.

Yes, regular price is 3500, VIP is 5000, kindly pay into our GTB Lagos Food Bank ACCOUNT 0461834490

Click here to read the eligibility criteria for a reference and certificate issuance.

click here to fill out the reference application form.
click here to fill out the certificate application form.

Yes, we have a special way of welcoming you on board.

No, to purchase new TSHIRT, KINDLY pay before outreach, because t-shirt payment are no longer accepted on outreach day, only t-shirt pick up.

You might have entered your information’s wrongly, Kindly register again.

Kindly click here to view a list of activities you might be engaged in.

The minimum age is 12 years however, all volunteers under 15 would need to be accompanied by an adult.

Thanks for the suggestion, however our LFBI branded ID cards are given only to the staff & interns of Lagos Food Bank Initiative. Volunteers are only eligible for volunteers certificate and letters of attestation of volunteer hours.

Yes with a professional camera, that will be great. At the end of the event, please share the images taken with us via Google drive or Wetransfer and the likes to lagosfoodbank@gmail.com CC Contactus@lagosfoodank.org

Lagos Food Bank makes arrangements for a coaster bus from the food bank to the outreach venue but it will be on a first to come basis so we advise that going to the outreach venue would  be a better option considering the limited number of volunteers the bus can convey.

LFBI will not bar a volunteer on such basis, however, due to the increase in absenteeism of volunteers after confirmation of attendance, we have started blacklisting volunteers with high track record of default from getting invitation for subsequent outreaches. We believe it is only reasonable that a volunteer confirm attendance only for the outreach he/she can attend to enable us plan accordingly. And if he/she is unable to attend, an email should be sent in this regard.

Yes, it is. To participate in our outreaches, you have to wear an LFBI branded T-shirt. The T-shirt is sold for N3,500 or N5,000 depending on the quality within your budget.

Registered volunteers over a period of time, are eligible for a certificate and reference letter from the Lagos Food Bank

To volunteer in with us you must be at least 12 years old. Youth 12 – 15 years old are required to volunteer with an adult, youth 16 years old and up can volunteer on their own.

We do not pay our volunteers except for the Intern volunteers who are paid monthly stipend to cover transportation only.

To become a volunteer, fill out the volunteer registration online form to get started. Once filled and submitted, an on-boarding confirmation email will be sent to your registered email. Further information on the volunteering procedures and volunteer guidelines will be sent to your registered email as part of the on-boarding process. The entire process takes an average of 72hours.

No! A volunteer is not allowed to be a beneficiary. However any volunteer willing to be a beneficiary will cease to be a volunteer to get food relief as a beneficiary.

Volunteers should wear close-toed shoes and clothes appropriate to work in a warehouse, kitchen or garden setting. No sandals/flip-flops, extremely short skirts/shorts or low-cut shirts. Individuals wearing opened toed shoes will not be allowed to participate in outreaches or community inspections.

Yes, each volunteer individual or group needs to sign in each time they volunteer at the Lagos Food Bank. Upon arrival please visit our volunteer lobby desk for instructions on how to sign-in.

We love the enthusiasm of all our volunteers, but we will appreciate you register to become a volunteer before dropping by, and if you are already registered, we would appreciate a call before coming.

There is no whatsapp group for Lagos food bank volunteers. Do follow us on instagram, twitter, facebook and linkedin : @lagosfoodbank for updates.

Attend outreaches for 3-6 months to accumulate 100hours of Service. However, one the fastest ways to accumulate volunteer hours is to volunteer for the weekday programs; EDUFOOD, FAMILY FARMING, and OUTREACH PREPARATIONS.

Yes, you can. We welcome all types of donations both food and no-food items. Click here to see list.

We always advise that clothes and other donations are brought in before the outreach day. But If it will not be convenient, then they can be brought in on the morning of that outreach day but bear in mind they will not be distributed the same day. Your donations will be stored towards the next outreach.

No you won’t. All you need do is to confirm attendance via the invitation email that will be sent to you prior the outreach day.

Hi, thank you for your interest in Lagos Food Bank. We strongly advise you do an email to inform us so as not create space for other volunteers who might want to join but could not due to form closure. You can also volunteer on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before the outreach at Lagos Food Bank, to help with the preparation towards the
event day.

Certificates are usually prepared on formal request made to the food bank requesting same. To qualify for a community service certificate; you must have rendered 100 hours of community service and been an active volunteer for a minimum of 6 months. Click here to read more on the eligibility criteria for a certificate issuance.

To fill out the certificate application form  click here

Yes, you can. Shirts are sold at the rate of N3,500 & N5,000 and are available in different sizes and colours. Payment for t-shirt should be made to our GT Bank account 0461834490. Please remember to come with a proof of payment.

No it does not. Donation is not compulsory at Lagos Food Bank. However, you will have to buy a shirt to participate.

We welcome new Donors; kindly send a mail to contactus@lagosfoodbank.org or Partnership@lagosfoodbank.org

Not necessarily. We advise you to send an email to  contactus@lagosfoodbank.org if you are unable to make it.

Yes, this is part of our major goal for 2022.

We currently run 6 programs and we hold outreaches from time to time. We advise that you keep a tab on your email and our social media pages to get updates on this.

No, you would not be disqualified from attending outreaches if you do not donate money or materials to the food bank. We are grateful for your time donation.

Yes, you can purchase your T-shirt at the outreach venue. Kindly head to the registration table upon arrival of the outreach venue to get one.

We welcome new donors to support our programs. Kindly send an email to partnerships@lagosfoodbank.org and CC contactus@lagosfoodbank.org

Bear in mind that when you visit a slum, you should expect the characteristics of a slum like dirt, rowdiness, touts etc. On our part, we do everything possible to nip all forms of disturbance in the bud and since inception we have not recorded any violent cases.

Once you are a registered volunteer, you will receive a detailed email regarding this before the outreach day.

No, you will not be disqualified, however, you are encouraged to attend when available.

If you will be heading to the foodbank first on the event day, you may spend about 6 hours of community service. However, this is not cast in stone as the timing may vary based on circumstances that may involve us closing earlier or later.

Yes, for preparations and if he/she is a registered volunteer who confirmed attendance for the event.

No, you do not have to. Purchasing of the LFBI t-shirt is one off (you can decide to purchase more at your own will)

Yes, you can come with your donations on the outreach morning. Kindly keep the items in a safe place till the food bank team arrives. Please bear in mind that items donated on the outreach day will be distributed at the next outreach.

Lagos Food Bank is a non-profit, private owned and nutrition focused initiative committed to fighting hunger, reducing food waste and solving the problem of malnutrition through 6 key programs. We use an integrated food banking system to support meaningful community nutrition while also building long-term health through urban farming, maternal and child health and improved school outcomes. All our operations are made possible through our strong network off over 14,000 volunteers and beneficiary organizations who help vulnerable families across South West, Nigeria.

When you have a big dream to feed thousands of people but your finances do not match up to your dream, you can only but start from where you are and from what you have. This implies starting small. Sometimes, it is very wise to have an impact in one state where you are likely to have financial support from family and friends to touch several lives than embarking on feeding the entire nation and become overwhelmed by the huge task. More so, rural urban migration and worsening economic situation of the country has made Lagos State more vulnerable.
Thousands of people are suffering in the midst of affluence in Lagos coupled with the fact that living standard is more expensive in Lagos compared to other states in Nigeria.

In Nigeria, most NGOs face the following challenges: Lack of Trust, Lack of funding and Lack of volunteers due to the bad antecedent of NGOs in Nigeria wherein it is used as an avenue to make fast money. A lot of good hearted people have lost trust and confidence in any start up NGO in Nigeria and this makes it very difficult for the good ones to thrive. The lack of goodwill affects funding and the support of the civil society at large towards NGOs. At LFBI, we chose to be transparent about our finances and donors and this has helped us a great deal. We are able to earn the trust of the people and in turn earned funding and brought more volunteers.

Our major method of communication is through email communication. Please bear in mind that Lagos Food Bank has no WhatsApp group and does not support the opening of WhatsApp groups to communicate its activities. We also pass important information through our social media platforms. All volunteers are expected to follow our main page @lagosfoodbank and other programs pages: @edufoodng, @numeplan, @familyfarming, @foodbankjobs, @nids.ng and @lagosfoodbankvolunteers.

Yes, we would be delighted to reference your volunteering experience with us provided you have met certain conditions. To qualify for a reference, you must have rendered over 60 hours of community service and been an active volunteer for a minimum of 3 months. Click here to read more on the eligibility criteria for a reference/recommendation issuance.

To fill out the reference application form click here

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