Bigger & Better: Feeding Hong Kong has traded in for some new, spacious digs with their recent move into their spanking new 7,000 sq. ft. headquarters. The location, set just a block or so from their previous Yau Tong warehouse, has plenty of space to allow for an office, storage room, AND walk-in freezer and fridge. All this goes to ensure that Feeding Hong Kong continues to be the pillar of food redistribution to those in need.
What Is It? Started in 2010, Feeding Hong Kong is Hong Kong’s first food bank dedicated to rescuing surplus nutritious food from retailers, distributors, and manufacturers, then redistributing it to those in need through partnerships with local charities. The word “rescue” is key, as it applies not only to helping people, but also to helping our planet. Each day, 3200 tonnes of food is wasted in Hong Kong – that’s enough to fill 120 double decker buses! Supermarkets, alone, dispose of 29 tonnes of perfectly edible food per day. All that good food, dumped in the landfills and creating even more environmental problems! Feeding Hong Kong aims to solve this problem, by diverting high quality food away from the dump and into the homes of those in need. At the same time, they host a number of programs to raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity, and promote healthy eating education to the most vulnerable groups in our community.
Sobering facts: Sure, Hong Kong has the highest density of Rolls-Royces, and one of the greatest concentration of millionaires, but did you know that it also has the highest income gap between rich and poor in any developed economy? 1.5 million people in our city suffer from food insecurity, with 18% of the population living under the poverty line. That’s 1 in 5 people getting by on an income of less than $3275 per month for food, shelter, and other basic necessities. 1 in 3 seniors struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs, and 1 in 4 children do not get 3 meals a day.
Rays of Hope: Feeding Hong Kong has worked hard to salvage high quality food from the landfills. In 2014, the group collected and redistributed more than 200 tonnes of edible produce to the local community, and currently partners with over 50 local charities and 100 food companies to combat food wastage. There’s programs like Bread Run, where volunteers rescue good bread that would have otherwise ended up in the landfills, and redistribute them to charities. In addition, bakeries such as Maxim’s, Pret a Manger, and La Rose Noir donate leftover goods every night after closing time. There’s also Chefs in the Community, a program where chefs and nutritionists create simple yet healthy recipes that could be achieved under HKD$10. The chefs also pair with local charities to develop their food programs. A recipe book, called “One Pot Wonders” comprises of 55 nutritious and affordable recipes developed by these chefs. There’s even cooking classes to educate people about healthy, affordable eating. To keep a balanced diet, local farms, such as Providence Family Farm, donate fresh vegetables to balance out the non-perishable foods.
What to Help? Great causes are built by helping hands. You can get involved with Feeding Hong Kong by either donating money, your time or your skills. For further details, visit feedinghk.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Doing good, never tasted so rewarding!