11 November 2013, Hong Kong - To give back to our community, Shama recently has partnered with Feeding Hong Kong (FHK) to run “food without boundaries” program. It aims to alleviate hunger in Hong Kong, donate food item to people in need, and bring the awareness of reducing food leftover.
Despite relative economic prosperity, over 18% of the population in Hong Kong lives under the poverty line. This figure includes people from all walks of life, in every district of Hong Kong. At the same time, more than 3,200 tonnes of food is thrown away each and every day. This discarded food is not only taking up valuable space in our city's limited landfills but is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Our tenants and colleagues are welcome to donate their unused food, which could be one of any following items:
- Cooked Oil,
- Canned Vegetables,
- Canned Fish,
- Canned Fruit,
- Biscuits and Crackers, and
For food safety reasons, we are not able to use:
- Rusty or unlabeled cans,
- Perishable items (fresh food, bread or food requiring refrigeration),
- Open or used items (including self-packed), and
- Items past their expiry date
But any food items which meet the safety requirements are also accepted at any time.
FHK is the first Hong Kong food bank dedicated to rescuing surplus nutritious food from retailers, distributors and manufacturers and redistributing it to people in need. The task is to fight hunger in Hong Kong and at the same time reduce the amount of quality food that is being sent to the city's landfills.
FHK is an accredited member ofThe Global Food Banking Network, an international non-profit organisation dedicated to creating and strengthening food banks and national food bank networks.
It works tirelessly to raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Hong Kong and promote healthy eating and nutritional education to the most vulnerable groups in the community.
The supplies of FHK are given free of charge by generous partners in the food industry. Canned and packaged food items are donated because of approaching sell-by dates, labelling errors, discontinued brands, surplus inventory, minor recipe variations or damaged packaging. It also rescues fresh bread, sandwiches and salads that would typically be thrown away due to their short shelf life.
The food is sorted and delivered to partner charities. Each consignment is tailored to meet the needs of the individual charity and those that rely on it. By supporting existing food programmes, FHK makes efficient use of established distribution channels to make a difference.
More details of FHK can be found at http://feedinghk.org.