An Inspiring Afternoon With Feeding Hong Kong
Last Thursday, Banyan Workspace arranged for our team and members to spend an afternoon at the Feeding Hong Kong facilities in Yau Tong. It was a fantastic opportunity to see with our own eyes the incredible work that they do ensuring our city’s excess food is distributed to those in need instead of ending up clogging up our landfill.
The 3-hour session included a tour of the facility, an introduction to Feeding Hong Kong’s story and mission, and a stint on the production line! By the end of our time there, we had helped to pack over 500 boxes of dried goods (including rice, noodles, tinned meats and fruits, cooking oil, drinks and snacks) to go to some of Hong Kong’s neediest households.
Feeding Hong Kong was established in 2009 after founder Gabrielle Kirstein witnessed a pallet of fresh, perfectly edible bread headed for a bin, rescued it and donated it to a local crisis shelter. This led to her researching the extent of food wastage in Hong Kong and around the world. The shocking statistics inspired her to set up Feeding Hong Kong to help bridge the gap between companies with quality food surplus and charities in need.
The Feeding Hong Kong packing facility in Yau Tong is both a local drop off point for individual donations and a B2B logistics hub. All the donations are carefully sorted, stored and redistributed to multiple charities across Hong Kong, wherever the need is greatest.
The Feeding Hong Kong model depends heavily on an enthusiastic team of over 200 volunteers, to help with packing and distribution. Regular large-scale food contributions are made by some of Hong Kong’s biggest company names, such as Wellcome, Pizza Express and Cathay Pacific, allowing them to assemble varied and nutritional boxes every week.
We were welcomed to our packing shift by Edmond Leung, the company’s Project Director, who talked us through the packing process. Fitting all the foodstuff into each box was rather like a jigsaw puzzle! Each person on the production line is responsible for a specific role, such as packing a particular food item, restocking the line or assembling the cardboard boxes
At the end of the shift, despite a few aching arms, we were all really happy to see 500+ boxes all packed and ready to be distributed! It was a real sense of achievement and a great team building experience. Feeding Hong Kong is always looking for volunteers to help out at their centre. If you are interested in joining them for a packing shift, either individually or as a group, you can get in touch with them HERE for more information.