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Unwanted Christmas presents? Give to charity

11 Dec

Christmas is a time for giving, but unless you’re incredibly lucky (or sent out a specific list of desired items before), chances are you’ll have at least one gift that you don’t like –or can’t even stand the sight of. You can repurpose them, re-gift them, even sell online, but if you run out of ideas think about donating them to charity.

There are a number of charities in Hong Kong who would welcome your onloved gifts. Here are some suggestions

People’s Food Bank
Too many chocolates, cookies, unwanted Christmas hampers? Donate to the People’s Food Bank. Run by local charity St. James’ Settlement they provide temporary food assistance to the poor. For a list of the food donations accepted and their collection points, please follow this link.

Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is one of the most established organisations for recycling goods. Donated goods are sorted, distributed and sold in Family Stores in Hong Kong and Macau. The net proceeds will go to The Salvation Army for use across its invaluable community programmes. Some of the donated goods will be directly helping people in need, such as home alone elderly, street sleepers, ex-prisoners and CSSA recipients.
The Salvation Army accepts
– Clothing, footwear, handbags and accessories, either brand new or used in clean condition
– Electrical home appliances in working order
– Electrical office equipment (e.g. computer, fax machine, printer, etc.) in working order
– Toys (no soft toys), stationery, books, gifts and premiums
– Software / DVD / VCD / CD with copyright
They do not accept
– Furniture, used bed mattresses or bedding
– Medicine
– Food
– Worn-out or broken items
– Used kitchenware
– Used underwear or towels
Donations can be dropped off at one of their many Family Stores, a list of which is provided on their website.

Friends of the Earth
Friends of the Earth launched the Used Clothes Recycling Program in 2001, which collects all sorts of textile products: used clothes, shoes, bed sheets and handbags. Re-wearables are exported to neighbouring countries while the worn out pieces are turned into wipers for industrial use. They have over 200 collection points – check out their website and find the one closest to you.
If the amount of used clothes exceeds a certain number (e.g. 5 large bags of clothing or more), Friends of the Earth would arrange door-to-door collection service. Please notify them 1-2 weeks before in advance. Please call 2528-5588 for further details.

Po Leung Kuk
One of the oldest charitable institutions in Hong Kong, the Po Leung Kuk was founded in 1878 to rescue women and children from human trafficking. In it’s long history, Po Leung Kuk is best known as an orphanage, today it offers a wide range of social services in Hong Kong including adoption, integrated family services, elderly services, medical and integrated health services, education and much more. Po Leung Kuk welcomes donations-in-kind to fulfil the basic needs of their service recipients, particularly children, the elderly and low-income families! All kinds of items are welcome – electrical appliances, computers, stationeries, toys, books, household accessories, cookware, etc. For any enquiries, please email plkinfo@poleungkuk.org.hk or contact their Corporate Communications Department on 2277 8352 (Corporate Donation) / Social Services Department on 2277 8158 (Individual Donation).

So get rid of the unwanted clutter, donate, help our community and save our environment through recycling.

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Food Angel – help prep meals for the disadvantaged

27 Nov

food-angelFood Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program launched in 2011 by Bo Charity Foundation with the mission of “WASTE NOT, HUNGER NOT.” The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items will then be prepared as nutritious hot meals in their central kitchen and be redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.

food banks  food_angel3.jpgUntil March 2011, Food Angel has provided over 2,956,453 meals and rescued over 2,474,823 kg of surplus food from going to the landfills.

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Beneficiaries of Food Angel include deprived elderly (71%), children from low income families (20%), the unemployed (3%), disabled and people in rehabilitation (4%) and the homeless, caged home dwellers etc (2%).

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Mission
– Reduce Food waste at Source
– Alleviate Hunger
– Relieve Poverty
– Educate the Next Generation

What you can to help
SCMP 03MAY13 NS CHAIWAN6  DW__6536.JPGVolunteer at one of their two kitchens in Chai Wan and Sham Shui Po where you can help prepare meal boxes: preparing raw vegetables and hot meal boxes (non-cooking duties)
To volunteer, you need to be over 16. You can volunteer as an individual or in a group. To find out about available dates and to register, please follow this link.

Too many food gifts from relatives? Donate to People’s Food Bank!

6 Feb

2016.engChinese New Year is a time of gift giving, especially food gifts to relatives. Do you have a lot of food gifts received from relatives and friends left over after Lunar New Year Holidays? You can share the joy and blessing with the underprivileged families by donating your CNY gifts to the People’s Food Bank. Please Act Now!

Donation Period: Now until 10/3/2016

Donation Detail: Donated food should be in an intact package with a shelf-life longer than 8 weeks

Collection Points: St. James’ Settlement District Offices
1. St. James’ Settlement Headquarters, Room 902, 9/F, 85 Stone Nullah Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
2. Sai On Centre, Shop 1-3, G/F, Fortune Court, 10 Sai On Lane, Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
3. Kindness Centre, Shop 1-3, G/F, Man Hing House, Tai Hang Sai Estate, Shek Kip Mei, Kowloon
4. Kowloon Kindness Centre, G/F, Konwall Court, 143 Lai Chi Kok Road, Kowloon
5. Kwai Chung Kindness Centre, LG/F, Shek Foon House, Shek Lei(II) Estate, Kwai Chung ,N.T.

About the 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 the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (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.

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.

Their Mission: The People’s Food Bank’s mission is to provide food to people in need on a short-term and weekly basis, relieve hunger and to promote social cohesion through encouraging people to share resources with those less fortunate than themselves.

Goodman Interlink Magic Mile run benefitting Feeding Hong Kong

31 Jan

Goodman and Feeding Hong Kong are delighted to announce that registration is now open for the fifth Goodman Interlink Magic Mile, which will be held at its landmark property in Tsing Yi, Hong Kong on Sunday, 6 March 2016.

Goodman-Interlink-Magic-Mile-charity-event-family-participants-960 x 370The Goodman Interlink Magic Mile is an annual one-mile charity run, with participants racing up the 15-floor cargo ramp of Goodman Interlink. For the second consecutive year, Goodman will partner with Feeding Hong Kong, the first food bank in Hong Kong dedicated to redistributing surplus food to people in need. In 2016, Goodman’s target is to again raise HK$1 million, enabling an additional 200,000 meals to be served to local families in need. Last year, the Goodman Interlink Magic Mile achieved its target of HK$1 million for Feeding Hong Kong, funding the purchase and operating costs of a customised food truck. Now operational, this new truck has increased Feeding Hong Kong’s capacity to collect and distribute surplus food to 56 local partner charities.
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Hunger and poverty are major causes for concern in local communities in Hong Kong: one in four children do not eat three meals a day and one in three seniors struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs.

The event comprises four race categories: fastest family team, fastest corporate team, and fastest male and female individual. As is race tradition, participants who enter in fancy dress will be in the running to win prizes for the best-dressed team or individual. In addition to the races, the event hosts a range of family activities such as live stage performances and children’s entertainment.

Date: Sunday, 6 March 2016

Goodman-Interlink-Magic-Mile-participants-Credit Agricole-960 x 370Time: 10:00 am to 12:00 noon

Location: Goodman Interlink, 39 Tsing Yi Road, Tsing Yi (Free shuttle bus service between Tsing Yi and Kwai Fong MTR station and Goodman Interlink will be provided between 9:00 am to 1:00 pm)

Cost:
Platinum – HK $75,000
+Up to 8 corporate teams
+Participation in the event ceremony
+Named as platinum sponsor in all the event media
+Company logo on the full page advertorial in Asia Property
+Company logo on main stage, website and all promotional materials
+Certificate of sponsorship

Gold – HK $50,000
+Up to 5 corporate teams
+Participation in the event ceremony
+Named as Gold sponsor in all the event media
+Company logo on the full page advertorial in Asia Property
+Company logo on main stage, website and all promotional materials
+Certificate of sponsorship

Event Partner – HK $10,000
+1 corporate team
+Company logo on website and some promotional materials
+Certificate of sponsorship

Individual Registration – Donation of HK$600 and up

Family Race Registration – Donation of HK$1,000 and up per family team

To register for the event, please visit the Goodman Interlink Magic Mile Charity Ramp Run website at http://www.goodmanmagicmilerun.com.hk/

Event details are also regularly updated on the Goodman Interlink Magic Mile Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Goodman-Interlink-Magic-Mile/842264795815590.

About Feeding Hong Kong: Feeding Hong Kong is a Hong Kong registered charity with a mission to fight hunger in the city and reduce the amount of quality food being sent to our landfills. Each day, they collect high quality food that would otherwise be thrown away, sort and store it, and then redistribute it to a network of welfare organisations, who in turn feed thousands of people in need. Feeding Hong Kong also works to raise awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Hong Kong and promote healthy eating and nutritional education to the most vulnerable groups in our community.
Feeding Hong Kong is an accredited member of the Global Food Banking Network, an international organisation dedicated to creating and strengthening food banks and national food bank networks.
For further information, please visit feedinghk.org.

Christmas Food Drive Program 2015

30 Nov

Christmas is coming. Do you want to spread your love to deprived families? Please support the People’s Food Bank’s Christmas Food Drive Program 2015.
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What’s needed is Rice, Noodles and Canned Food. All must be sealed with at least 8 weeks to Expiry Date

To donate, simply deliver your donations directly to following centers
a) G/F, Shop1-3, Fortune Court, 10 Sai On Lane, Sai Ying Pun, HK
b) Shop 1 – 3, G/F, Man Hing House, Tai Hang Sai Estate, Shek Kip Mei, HK

If you questions, please contact People’s Food Bank directly at
Tel:2975-8777 (Ms. Kwok) Fax:2915-5215
Email: foodbank@sjs.org.hk
Website: http://foodbank.sjs.org.hk

Collection Dates: From 23 November 2015 to 31 December 2015

Please Act!

About the 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 the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (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.

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.

Their Mission: The People’s Food Bank’s mission is to provide food to people in need on a short-term and weekly basis, relieve hunger and to promote social cohesion through encouraging people to share resources with those less fortunate than themselves.

Feeding Hong Kong’s Santa’s Sack Campaign

28 Nov

2015-EDM_HeaderFill a bag and feed a family in need this Christmas!

Did you know 1 in 5 people in Hong Kong live in poverty? Feeding Hong Kong works extra hard at this time of year to share the festive spirit and create a Christmas that everyone can enjoy. They currently support over 60 welfare centres in Hong Kong with regular food donations and with your help, They hope to be able to drop-off an extra special delivery to them this holiday season!

What is the Santa Sack campaign?

The Santa Sack campaign was launched in 2012 and the main aim is to provide extra food parcels to people in need in Hong Kong during the festive period. Feeding Hong Kong’s generous supporters have helped deliver 3,000 Santa Sacks that benefited almost 8,000 people in need over the last three years. Their target for 2015 is to deliver 2,000 Santa Sacks for individuals in need and 20 Holiday Hampers for charity kitchens. It is a tall order but with your help, we can achieve it!

How can you get involved?

Festive Food Drive: to support their Santa Sacks Campaign with food donations, simply complete the registration form and email it to communications@feedinghk.org. Feeding Hong Kong will send you the resources pack, including instructions showing how to set up a food donation point, a promotional poster with the shelf-stable items that are most needed and advice about how to arrange deliveries. They will sort the food items and deliver them to people in need before Christmas Day.

The perfect Christmas present: for foodies, students on a budget and busy high flyers. The 2015 edition of Feeding Hong Kong’s Recipe Collection ‘Fast Food’ is the ideal gift for them all. It includes nutritious recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less, for $10 per portion and with limited equipment. Buy the cookbook here. All proceeds will support their Chefs in the Community Programme.

Join the Christmas Bread Run: Feeding Hong Kong is preparing a very special Bread Run on Tuesday 22 December. Invite family, friends and colleagues and get into the festive spirit. Please register here if you would like to be a bread rescuer.

Donate your Christmas decorations: help Feeding Hong Kong to bring extra seasonal sparkle to people in need! Calling for local businesses, companies and individuals to donate new or gently used Christmas decorations to Feeding Hong Kong. Please contact communications@feedinghk.org for more information.

Spread the love: Share this information, like Feeding Hong Kong on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and help fight hunger and food waste in Hong Kong!.

With your help, Feeding Hong Kong will continue to provide food support to those in need in our city. Their charity partners include shelters for the homeless, senior day centres, children’s homes and other non-profit programmes that provide food to the hungry.

About Feeding Hong Kong:

Feeding Hong Kong’s mission is simple: to feed people in Hong Kong who would otherwise go hungry. This is their primary goal and their reason for existence. Thankfully, the way Feeding Hong Kong work allows them to achieve a number of other worthwhile goals along the way:
– Feeding Hong Kong offers food retailers and manufacturers a convenient, safe and reliable way to channel surplus food to local charities that help feed people in need.
– Feeding Hong Kong helps reduce the volume of food waste being sent to landfill.
– Feeding Hong Kong raises public awareness about poverty and food insecurity in Hong Kong.
– Feeding Hong Kong encourages partnerships between existing government, civil society and private sector efforts.
– Feeding Hong Kong promotes volunteerism and support existing community outreach programmes.
– Feeding Hong Kong promotes healthy eating and nutritional education to the most vulnerable groups in our community.

The Lunch Club

27 Mar

Hong Kong low-income workers’ salaries do not reach the poverty line and despite their monthly incomes, they are unable to be self-reliant and to support their family in their most basic needs. Today, about 154 700 households, representing 517 100 people, are recognized as ‘low-income’, accounting for 53.2% of the total poor population.
– The poverty line set up in 2013 for a 4 person’s household represents a monthly income of less than HK$ 15,400.
– 24.7% of the low-income workers are part-time or under-employed (compared to 8.8% of Hong Kong’s overall working population).
– 88.7% of the low-income workers are lower-skilled and over one third has no secondary education.
– The poorest spend half of their monthly budget on food but still can’t afford a nutritional balanced diet.

lunch clubWhat can we do to help them? The French Chamber Foundation has created the Lunch Club. Located in the heart of Wanchai and operated by Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service, the Lunch Club welcomes low income workers 5 days a week serving dietician-supervised meals for a low cost of HK$10. The rest of the cost (around HK$30) is subsidised by the Foundation.

The philosophy behind the Lunch Club stems from the following observations:
– Low income workers tend to spend less money for their lunch and, as a consequence, they eat non balanced food, mostly poor in nutrients.
– Social workers only have rare opportunity to connect with low income workers and to discuss their real needs.
– Many low income workers are not aware of the welfare and career support they could be entitled to.
– Many low income workers have low educational attainment and their lack of skills prevents them from any chance to move up the ladder.

Moreover, the hot meal canteen serves as an important entry point for social workers to connect with the Lunch Club members, identify their needs and help them make progress in their working career and consequently be able to improve their livelihood.

The Lunch Club serves 250 meals, and welcomes more than 100 workers every week.

What can you do to help? The Lunch Club welcomes volunteers over lunch time to help serve meals and meet its members or to take part in talks and activities.

Or you can make a donation to The French Chamber Foundation, or make an in kind donation of
– personal care products
– food supplies, and
– services

If interested, do not hesitate to send an email to The French Chamber Foundation Limited at email ms@fccihk.com for further information.

About The French Chamber Foundation Limited:
The French Chamber Foundation is a project by the French business community to give back to the city that nurtured its prosperity. It has been created at the initiative of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Hong Kong.

The Foundation focuses its efforts on areas critical to the working population of Hong Kong: children and youth, low income workers, families and communities and improving the life environment in Hong Kong.

The French Chamber Foundation focuses its work on alleviating poverty in Hong Kong and has particularly at heart the situation of low income workers and their families.