Food Angel


Food Angel (Chinese: 惜食堂) is a Hong Kong-based food rescue organization. Food Angel was launched in 2011 by the Bo Charity Foundation. The organization is supported by local and international food donors, sponsors, and charity partners.

Located in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island, Food Angel has independent offices, kitchens, and a community center. The program rescues approximately 35 tonnes of edible surplus food from the industry, and renders this material into some 10,000 meal boxes and 2,000 food packs which it distributes to the underprivileged.[1][2]

ObjectivesEdit

Food Angel claims to have the goals of reducing food waste at source, alleviating hunger, relieving poverty, and educating the next generation. The idea of Food Angel originated from the pressure on landfills in Hong Kong. When the organization started to grow, it began addressing other food-related social problems, such as poverty. [3]

Food Angel works with 150 partners, including celebrity partners. It hopes that by large scale promotion, it can raise citizens’ attention to food wastage and the importance of food waste recycling. The goal of the organization is to minimize food waste and to encourage volunteers to give a hand to people in need. Food Angel's vision is to reduce food waste and ensure everyone in Hong Kong is fed three meals a day.

ServicesEdit

Food Angel rescues surplus food to relieve the landfill pressure in Hong Kong. The organisation collects surplus food from suppliers, supermarket, wet markets, and donation partners. It receives food donations, including fresh food, canned/non-perishable food, oils and seasoning, cooked foods, and frozen/chilled foods, to prepare meal boxes to then distribute to people in need.[4]

Besides distributing meal boxes at the center, Food Angel also visits the elderly and delivers meal boxes to those who are disabled. It also provides elderly care workshops like literacy classes, Chinese opera, and Erhu performances. It receives support from more than 60 companies and organizations. [3]

Corporate AngelEdit

Corporate Angel support Food Angel's campaign "Waste Not, Hunger Not". It organizes internal fundraising events to raise money for Food Angel's program.

Green AngelEdit

Green Angel teaches children to cherish food and preserve the natural resources on Earth. The program offers school-based educational activities over an academic year, including introductory talks, puppet shows, animations, green lessons, food upcycling workshops, field trips, inter-school competitions, and a rewards system.

Outreach AngelEdit

Outreach Angel delivers free and nutritious hot meals in boxes and non-perishable food packs, and provides loving care to singletons and deprived elderly living in the Eastern District. Outreach Angel provides home delivery service and regular home visits to the single, physically frail, or disabled elderly five days a week.

Community AngelEdit

Community Angel provides free dine-in food assistance service in the Sham Shui Po District for the vulnerable and frail elderly who are aged 65 or above.

Timeline & NewsEdit

Food Angel was founded in 2011 and has started several campaigns since.

News about Food Angel's activities has been in the media since 2012. For example, there was wide media coverage about the plan to give lunch boxes to the people in need by using food waste, which was introduced in 2015.[4] The three events of Construction Hong Kong appeared in newspapers, such as Apple Daily, Oriental Daily, and Skypost.[5][6][7]

Time Events
2011 March The establishment of Food Angel
2012 July Chai Wan Central Kitchen
August Food Angel Kitchen Grand Opening
November 1st Canstruction Hong Kong
2013 February Green Angel - School-Based Education Programme
April Corporate Angel - Corporate Society Responsibility Program
June - Outreach Angel - Community Outreach Food Assistance Service

- Bread Angel - Bread Rescue Volunteering Program

July - Park n Shop 40th Anniversary Food Drive for Food Angel
September - Outreach day with Park n Shop - Shau Kei Wan

- Golf 2013 Press Conference

October - Food Angel's Canstruction Rice Bowl by BNY Mellon
December - Sham Shui Po Central Kitchen

- MCP X Food Angel - Dine and Give event

2014 February 2nd Canstruction Hong Kong
March Food Angel Kowloon Kitchen Grand Opening
August Food Angel x Maxim - Birthday Party
2015 April 3rd Construction Hong Kong
2016 Jan HKCEC charity lunch
July ParknShop City Food Drive
Oct Lai Chi Kwok Food Station
2017 May ParknShop City Food Drive
Oct 4th Canstruction Hong Kong
Dec Sham Shui Po Footstep Journey
2018 May ParknShop City Food Drive
2019 Feb HKCEC charity lunch
April Kwun Tong Harvest Mill

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Waste not, want not: The 'food angels' collecting goodies we're about to throw out to cook for Hong Kong's underprivileged". 16 July 2015.
  2. ^ Rescue Program
  3. ^ a b "Food Angel". www.foodangel.org.hk. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  4. ^ a b "幸福摩天輪——愛心飯盒". 2015-04-01.
  5. ^ "罐頭砌大佛助基層". 2015-04-27.
  6. ^ "罐頭砌地標 籲關注基層". 2015-04-27.
  7. ^ "罐頭砌「雲上」景 機管局奪兩獎". 2015-04-27. Archived from the original on 2016-04-04.
  8. ^ "Food Angel---Media".