Received too many CNY Gifts? Donate!

30 Jan

What do you do when your apartment fills with gifts? Especially over Chinese New Year, when food is traditionally given. You can’t eat them all, and they have expiry dates!

cny eng 2014How about sharing by donating these CNY gifts to the underprivileged? Donate to the People’s Food Bank’s Lunar New Year Gift Transfer Program 2014.

There are limits though
Donations must be in sealed original packaging, with at least 8 Weeks to Expiry Date

Donation Period: From 4th February to 7th March 2014 to the following St. James’ Settlement Collection points
– Shop 1-3, G/F, Fortune Court, 10 Sai On Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
– Shop 1-3, G/F, Man Hing House, Tai Hang Sai Estate, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
– Room 901, 9/F, 85 Stone Nullah Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
– G/F, Konwall Court, 143 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon

Pick-up arrangement
Donate over 30 boxes of gifts, and People’s Food Bank will come to you to pick up. Please inform them on or before 28 February for logistics arrangement. Please call Ms Kowk at 2975-8777

logo_foodbankAbout: The People’s Food Bank went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong.

In November 2002, with the help of Food Link, the centre obtained leftovers from a hotel. The food collected, combined with vegetables, provided food for the stomachs of 12 people on average every day. In 2003 when SARS was ravaging the territory, the hotel stopped the supply of food. The free food service offered by the centre was temporarily suspended. Fortunately, a donation made by a Mr Li meant that the service could be relaunched. The daily quota for meal service increased from 12 to 24. Thereafter, the number of people asking for food assistance kept on increasing. As a result, St. James’ Settlement formally established the People’s Food Bank on 13 December 2003, providing the poor with temporary free food assistance.

The People’s Food Bank only receives a small amount of subsidies from the SAR Government. Most of the food, money, tools and equipment are donated by benefactors. The People’s Food Bank main task is the collection of food and monetary donations. Their partner agencies in various districts in turn deliver the food to the poor.

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