Providing food for the hungry
“In early 2015, I lost my job,” explains Siu-luen. “I was not a CSSA recipient, so a Christian social worker referred me to Foodlink and said I could have free dinners there,” he recalls, describing his first experience with St. Barnabas’ Society Home, a long term partner of the Foodlink Foundation.
Foodlink collects surplus, unprocessed food and delivers it to organisations such as St. Barnabas’, to help feed those in need. It also advocates food recycling, “they turn surplus foods into edible dishes so that everyone can be fed,” Siu-luen explains.
In 2012, an OSC grant enabled Foodlink to operate two vans, collecting and delivering surplus food from hotels and F&B outlets to needy recipients such as street-sleepers, asylum seekers and the elderly. In 2014, additional OSC funding allowed Foodlink to expand its collection service to schools. The foundation now also runs workshops educating students on food waste and poverty.