How was Foodlink Foundation (FF) started?
Foodlink Foundation was established at the end of 2001 after our founder, Mrs. Vanessa Hwang, identified a serious need for hunger alleviation among lower-income groups in Hong Kong.
What is the mission of FF?
Foodlink Foundation is a registered Hong Kong charity dedicated to fighting hunger, building self-sufficiency and fostering nutritional wellness among those in need, while simultaneously reducing food wastage in hotels and F&B outlets in Hong Kong by collecting safe-to-eat surplus food from F&B outlets all over the city and delivering it to those in need. The role of Foodlink is to connect the supply to the demand as effectively as possible.
What is FF’s geographical focus?
We are currently picking up and delivering in Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, Tsing Yi and Tung Chung, and have expanded our services to Shatin, Tsuen Wan and Kwai Chung since last year.
What are FF’s goals for Hong Kong specifically?
The vision at Foodlink Foundation is to ensure that every needy person has access to a hot, healthy meal. Our goal is two-fold: we aim to alleviate hunger whilst also reducing the pressure on our city’s landfills.
How can Hong Kongers get involved with FF?
Working purely on its own and without government funding, we have expanded to collaborate with 79 donors to assist 85 beneficiary groups across the city to become Hong Kong’s leading hot food charity organisation.
Today, we save an average of 2, 600 kilograms of hot food and 15, 000 pieces of bread per week, which provide more than 12, 000 meals. We therefore need the public’s support to upkeep our charitable objectives by helping to fund our efforts.
Other areas of involvement include:
- Encouraging colleagues and friends to work with us when hosting a banquet.
- Getting people to sign up for our corporate volunteer activities, i.e. the bread-run or rice-packing.
- Spreading the message about poverty and food waste in Hong Kong.
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All photos courtesy of Foodlink Foundation.