Why "Food Grace"?
Most garbage is just misallocated resources. Leftovers are not actually garbage!
Leila Chan, Author of Food Waste
In affluent societies like Hong Kong, we waste 3,600 tonnes of leftovers and uneaten food every day which is , equivalent to the weight of 300 double-decked buses. 98 per cent of the discarded food is categorized as "municipal solid waste" and ends up in landfills, just like other garbage.
Dumping food is not only a waste of earth’s resources but also creates a heavy burden for the landfills, destroying our environment and accelerating climate change.
There are various reasons for dumping food, ranging from overproduction by manufacturers and the food industry, manufacturers and consumers discarding food that is approaching its expiry date or food , with undesirable appearances or package defects. In fact, about one-third of the food purchased by household users are thrown away because they tend to buy more than they need. Some food is stored for too long and so they end up being discarded too.
Let's look at the other side of the problem. The wealth gap in Hong Kong is widening and more than one million people are living below the poverty line but at the same time, food prices are increasing annually. People are paying more for less food! More and more people cannot afford food and the underprivileged are being affected the most. According to a survey*, more than half of the low-income families spend over 40 per cent of household income on food.
When you throw away the food, you are also throwing away the precious and limited resources used in producing and transporting that food.
It is because we think that the food is cheap and easy to get so we throw them away causally?
Do we ever think about the people suffering from hunger and poverty before we throw away food?
Food Grace is established under these circumstances. We act as a platform for food sharing by linking the food industry, retailers and community together to turn leftover and excess food into presents for the needy.
We also create green jobs by hiring the grass-roots to work as our food collectors. They help collecting unwanted vegetables and food in street markets and then redistribute them to people in need.
Environmental and poverty problems have to be tackled by the whole society. We hope to bring together the power of our communitiesy and manufacturers to confront these problems.
Every Hongkonger has to address waste problem!
Every Hongkonger has the power of Food Grace!