Adjuno volunteers at “A Day with Food Angel” in Hong Kong
July 28, 2017
This week we participated in the HKGCC Young Executives Club Food Angel volunteering programme in Hong Kong. Food Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program launched in 2011 by Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of “WASTE NOT, HUNGER NOT.” The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items are then prepared as nutritious hot meals in their central kitchen and redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.
Mission of this organisation is to:
- Reduce Food waste at Source
- Alleviate Hunger
- Relieve Poverty
- Educate the Next Generation
The Food Angel representative “Lydia Chan” presented on the food wastage issue in Hong Kong and shared some eye opening facts on food wastage in Hong Kong:
- Over 3,600 tons of surplus food is discarded in Hong Kong every day.
- Approximately, 33% of the food waste comes from food industries.
- The Hong Kong Government spends $2.4 million of our tax money on processing waste every day.
- All three of Hong Kong’s landfills are due to be full by 2015 and 2018.
- Food waste produces a lot of methane, a greenhouse gas which is 25 times more damaging to the Earth than carbon dioxide.
On a positive note what inspires this organisations are 2 key achievements – it has served over 3,785,896 meals and rescued over 2,873,951 kg of surplus food from going to landfill since March 2011.
One of the key takeaways for Adjuno from this program is to implement into our daily life routine, a habit of eating wisely which in turn will have a great impact on wasting less.
Lastly, another speaker “Karry Lau” discussed other services the organisation carries out such as providing outreach volunteers who visit the elderly who live to provide much needed care sand support. Karry states how high the operation costs are and how more support is needed from society, including food donation, monetary support and more volunteers from organisations like Adjuno to join the event.
If you would like to find out more about the charity and how you could help please visit: http://www.foodangel.org.hk