Save and Share – New Year Gift Packs and Food Collection

4 Feb

Chinese New Year is a time of year for celebration and gift giving. In the Chinese tradition, food is generally given as gifts as part of the new year’s celebrations. If you have received one gift too many, think about making a donation to Food-Co and the People’s Food Bank. In this holiday season, they are looking for Chinese New Year gift packs, rice, noodles, canned food and other packaged food with complete packaging with an expiry of 8 weeks or longer. Around 970,000 Hong Kong people live below the poverty line. FOOD-CO and People’s Food Bank will distribute your donations to the deprived families.

Collection period: 5 February – 9 March 2018

Collection Points:
1. 聖雅各福群會總會902室
St. James Settlement Headquarters Rm 902
2. 西安中心
Sai On Centre
3. 慈惠軒(九龍西)
Kindness Centre (West Kowloon)
4. 慈惠軒(葵涌)
Kindness Centre (Kwai Chung)

Support this food drive and support deprived families in Hong Kong.

About Food-Co: In June 2016, St. James’ Settlement was awarded by SIE Fund to run FOOD-CO the first IT platform for food support service. FOOD-CO aims at facilitating food donation in a more efficient way with advancement in technology and data analysis. FOOD-CO works with like-minded partners to solicit resources for poverty alleviation. They cultivate a culture of save and share, with an aim to reducing food waste and creating a better living environment.

About People’s Food Bank: The office of the People’s Food Bank is located at Sai On Centre, Sai Ying Pun. It was originally a relief centre for street sleepers. It went into operation on 24 March 1997 and is still providing services for street sleepers on Hong Kong Island today. All along, the centre has been providing food for street sleepers and emergency food supplies for the poor to relieve their hunger. After the financial crisis of 1998, the issue of poverty worsened in Hong Kong. A UN report on human development pointed out that in terms of the gap between the rich and the poor, Hong Kong ranked number 3 in developed areas of the whole world and number 1 in developed areas of Asia. The SAR Government reduced CSSA for the first time in June 1999. This caused further hardship to those who relied on the SAR Government for their livelihood. With the economic downturn and high rate of unemployment, the number of street sleepers shot up. The number of referrals to this centre for food assistance continued to increase. 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.

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