Food waste contributes to about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. If it were a country, it would be the third largest emitter after China and the USA. In Hong Kong, 6.3 million kilograms of food is wasted at schools alone – 98% of which ends up in a landfill where it releases methane.
Feeding HK is Hong Kong’s first food bank dedicated to rescuing surplus food from retailers, distributors and manufacturers and redistributing it to people in need. The organisation rescues food that is still good and safe to eat, but would otherwise go to waste, and feeds charities running community programmes.
The Alliance for Sustainable Schools (TASS) has partnered with Feeding HK to divert food waste from school canteens to feed people, not landfills. Their partners include senior centres, crisis shelters, central kitchens, after school programmes and food banks.