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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.

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e-Farm

26 Jun

e-Farm is a group of enthusiasts from different walks of life and of different ages with one common goal– doing something for our community and our environment. e-Farm practices organic farming with a target of making it environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.

e-Farm Goals
efarm 21. Offering safe and healthy vegetable produce
Farming requires skills to cope with natural threats but the practice of improving yield by using chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides) causes environmental and health issues that harm the farming industry in the end. Organic farming follows the principles of nature and it sustains the environment.

2. Keeping organic farms thriving
e-Farm promotes environmentally friendly models of agriculture to attract more people to join the trade to keep organic farming thriving.

efarm 33. Preserving valuable knowledge of our ancestors
Farming is an old trade. The collective wisdom of our ancestors on farming is our invaluable asset and it is our job to preserve it and pass it on to our children.

4. Researching for new farming techniques
Through trials and errors, e-Farm has an improved the understanding of nature and have identified more effective farming techniques. e-Farm will learn more by researching further.

5. Sharing farm knowledge
Nowadays, organic farming is getting more popular and sharing among farmers is crucial to sustainability of the trade. e-Farm loves to share our farming techniques and experience with other farmers and those who are interested in organic farming.

efarm6. Educating laypeople and school children
Greenhouse effect, toxic fruits and vegetables, carbon footprints… there are a lot of environment issues that we, whether young or old, all need to work on together.

7. Maintaining a get-away destination for urban dwellers
Anyone who looks for a get-away destination can come to e-Farm’s quiet, peaceful and natural environment to relax.

What you can do:
Volunteer – Learning-by-doing, at the farm. Try your hand at caring for animals, growing veggies, engaging kids in the natural world. Volunteers receive training and guidance, and the chance to get their hands dirty!

Community Gardening – Let e-Farm be your backyard! e-Farm welcomes urban dwellers to come and grow produce on their farm- All you need to bring along is a pair of work boots, e-Farm will provide the rest: seeds, young plants, fertilizers, tools and guidance.

Bring the Kids – There is nothing more exciting than a child’s enthusiasm and wonder about the natural world. e-Farm wants to teach the next generation to love and respect the natural environment and believe the best way to learn is by getting involved.
e-Farm hopes you will bring your child to their farm to explore the plants, insects and animals – in the stream, field and forest.
Veggie exploration: See what kind of seasonal produce is being grown and learn to identify a variety of fruit, vegetables and herbs
Stream exploration: see frogs, fish, shrimps, etc. in their natural habitat
Forest exploration: Hike through the forest surroundings, spot butterflies, birds and other small creatures in their natural environment

You don’t need to live off the grid or grow your own crop in order to protect the environment. Simply do your bit to protect the environment and you can make big changes happen!

For more information, visit their Facebook page or contact e-Farm by sending them an email at efarmhk@gmail.com

Kadoorie Farm – Food Waste Recovery Workshop

29 Apr

There is a growing volume of waste generation in Hong Kong and public concern on related issues is escalating. Given food waste is the major constituent of municipal solid waste in Hong Kong, both its reduction and recovery are important in addressing the overall challenges of waste management. This course will guide participants to learn different technologies for recovering household food waste to planting resource, as well as exploring ways to reduce food waste at sources.

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– The principles of compost-making and application;
– Identifying food waste that is suitable for compost-making;
– An introduction of different methods for recovering household food waste, which include compost-bin design, bokashi composting, garbage enzyme making and criteria for selecting composting machines;
– Application of food waste compost and garbage enzyme; and
– Ways to reduce food waste at source

Target Group: Age 18 or above.
This course is suitable for people who are interested in learning more about organic resources recovery.

Language: Cantonese

Date: Saturday, 9 July 2016

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Location: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden – Lam Kam Road, Tai Po, N.T.

Cost: $400
To apply, please follow this link.
Participants can apply scholarship. Please see Chinese version.

About The Kadoorie Farm: The Farm was established in 1956 to provide agricultural aid to farmers in need of support to help them lead independent lives. Today, reflecting the changing times, KFBG plays an active role in promoting the conservation of biodiversity in Hong Kong and South China, allied with sustainable agriculture and creative nature education.

Their Mission: To harmonise our relationship with the environment.

Their Vision: A world in which people live sustainably with respect for each other and nature.

Their Values:
Sustainable Living
Appreciating the impact of our actions with regard to current and future generations.
Having awareness of our connection with the environment.
Valuing simple and responsible lifestyles.

Justice
Being fair and accountable. Valuing socially equitable systems that protect
the health of the planet, the people and their way of life.
Protect future generations.

Love
Having self-awareness and understanding of the inter-relationship of all things.
Having compassion and respect for all life. Recognising that outer discord
is a reflection of inner discord. Striving for inner silence.

Participation
Engaging mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually;
fostering respect for different viewpoints, openness, dialogue and teamwork.

Professionalism
Being a role model of caring, integrity, commitment, professional standards and
best practices for partners, organisations, individuals and communities.

Learning
Being adaptive and flexible to changing circumstances. Having a holistic outlook.
Being practical, objective, creative and insightful.

Happiness
Appreciating that our happiness lies in creating and sharing happiness with others.

homegrown_kadoorieVolunteering: Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden’s (KFBG) conservation objectives are to help protect Hong Kong and Mainland China’s biodiversity while motivating people to act to care for our natural environment. If you are interested in devoting some time to environmental education and conservation, or, helping KFBG in various types of education programmes and to, generally assist with outdoor work in KFBG, please check out their volunteer page.

Or go and check it out for yourself. With an entrance fee of only $30 and a shop selling organic fruit and vegetables and eggs from their own farm, Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden is well worth a visit.

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.

Unwanted Gifts? Donate

21 Dec

Not another sweater, scarf, tie, vase, kitchen gadget, bottle opener, CD – we’ve all been there before. What do you do after the Christmas festivities and the pile of unwanted gifts sitting in the 958973-unwanted-giftscorner? There are so many great charities and non-profit organisations in Hong Kong that would love to take these unwanted gifts off your hands. Here are a few suggestions:

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, 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.

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.