In the 2021 Global Hunger Index, Nigeria ranked 103rd out of the 116 countries, with sufficient data to calculate 2021 GHI scores. That being said, with a score of 28.3, Nigeria has a level of hunger that is more serious.

According to the Action Against Hunger, Nigeria is Africa’s wealthiest and most populous nation and the fastest-growing economy. Despite this, more than half of the country lives below the poverty line and northern Nigeria suffers the world’s third-highest level of chronic undernutrition among children. 

Based on the report of statista.com"Prevalence of severe food insecurity in Nigeria 2014-2020". Further, they reported that between 2018 and 2020, on average 21.4 per cent of the population in Nigeria experienced hunger. People in severe food insecurity would go for entire days without food, due to a lack of money or other resources. In the past years, the prevalence of severe food insecurity among the Nigerian population has been increasing, as the demand for food is rising together with a very fast-growing population.


A FOOD PANTRY is a community-based program that collects and safely stores food and household products for free distribution to needy TSF members of the community. Establishing a food pantry is the support of people in our community and it is impossible to do this alone, without the experience of the local communities, diversity of ideas, volunteer support, and financial resources.

The Samaritans Foundation and Food Pantry secure and distribute 1.5 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the philanthropists, donors, and volunteers to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food pantry or food bank to find food or click here.

All of us need help sometimes. Now, more than ever, The Samaritans Foundation network of food pantries is here to help you access food and other assistance.


How the Food Pantry Works

Sourcing: By supporting The Samaritans Foundation Food Pantry and Foodbank project, donors, volunteers, and partners are a part of a lasting solution to ensure everyone in our community has enough to eat.

Facility: Food is sourced and delivered to our suppliers across the country who have the facilities to stores.

Distribution: Our suppliers pick up food pantries and deliver them to people in need.

Partners: A network of partners receives food shipments and direct distribution to suppliers for people in need. Our partners range from charity organisations, governments, civic groups, churches, and mosques.

Deliveries: Food is delivered to or picked up by individuals and families.

Programs: The Food Pantry provides direct support through regional mobile food distributions and life stabilization work.

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Charity Partnership

At TSF, we believe everyone should have access to good quality food. We’re here for the everyday Nigerians who are going to sleep without food to eat. And it’s our job to help change that, so we work with frontline charities, governments, political parties, and religious groups to get millions of foods out to those who could use a hand every year.

Our food pantry network helps people break free from poverty by providing additional support to help people resolve the crises they’re facing so that they don’t need to use a food pantry again in the future. However, food pantries rely on the support of their local communities to support people in crisis.  We are proud to work with fantastic corporate partners who play a vital role in supporting our work fighting food poverty. To join us, sign up here.


How can I become a Food supplier for TSF?

The Pantry does have some membership criteria to ensure the people who need it most benefit from our project; these are reflected in the questions asked on the application form. Certain Pantries are also only open to people living in certain areas; please contact info@thesamaritans-f.org if you are unsure about how you can sign up.

To complete an online application form, please go to the Pantry page you are interested in joining and click 'Become a Member. 

To become a pantry agent for TSF, you or your organisation must demonstrate that you are fit to provide safe food service to your users. Don’t worry, we can help you reach these standards if you are not quite there yet.

You must:

1) Register with The Samaritans Foundation (TSF)

2) Be equipped to safely receive, store, prepare serve or redistribute food

3) Be ready to receive a Basic Food Hygiene course Certificate

4) Staff and volunteers handling food must be trained to do so safely

5) Adhere to food safety legislation and current good practice


Who qualifies for assistance?

There is no required proof of eligibility and anyone is eligible for food. The information you provided when you sign up will only be used to provide you with food and help us improve your service. This information is subject to change.

TSF provides food relief to more than a million people each month. We are the pantry of Nigeria's provision for food. We know that one in three people struggling to get enough food for their household needs is new to the situation. There is no shame in asking for help. Life happens to us all and we’re here for everyone. 


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Do you have the passion to volunteer?

Volunteers are the heart of our mission to feed people in need. From food sorting, packing, and delivering food for the needy. We need your help.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

Fill out an interest form! This gives us the information we need to get you scheduled for the right activity for you. After you complete the application form, a member of our volunteer team will reach out to you! Alternatively, send an email to volunteer@thesamaritans-f.org.


What you can do for TSF

For every $1 you donate to TSF as an individual donor or corporate donor, 70 cents goes directly to programs supporting hungry people. Right away, 2 cents are used to process your donation, 6 cents help run TSF and our programs, and 22 cents go towards raising the next $1. When you donate to The Samaritans Foundation, your generosity is immediately put to work helping build a world with zero hunger.

Advocate by spreading the word about TSF and the food project - food pantry.  Let your representatives and legislators know how important the food pantry is and encourage their support.  Tell others in your network about TSF and your local food pantry (Pantries).

You can find your local food bank by searching here.


Project Manager - Food Pantry