Hunger and Food Waste

Realities in Asia

The U.N food experts estimated that 42% of fruit and vegetables and 20% of the grains produced in Asia Pacific are lost and wasted each year. Yet over 560 million people in this region suffer from hunger.

Reasons for Food Waste

  • Over harvest and food waste throughout the logistical flow
  • Overproduction, and product and packaging damage
  • Inadequate storage
  • Lack of awareness and confusion about “best before” and “use by” date labels
  • Logistical and stock management inefficiencies
  • Aesthetic issues with produce or packaged food
  • Excess inventory
  • Inadequate packaging

 

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Food Banking in Asia

Food banks are broadly defined as organizations that source and re-distribute surplus food to those in need. Food banks collect food donations from a wide variety of sources and distribute them to both individuals and to welfare agencies, faith-based groups, and nonprofits that serve people in need.

Food banks act as a clearinghouse matching donations with end-users and those that serve them. In our experience, we see three models: wholesale, retain, and blended.

Models of Food Banks

 

Benefits of Working with Food Banks

For Individuals

  • Reduce food waste and cost of throwing away excessive purchases
  • Gain a sense of self-fulfillment from volunteering to help people in need
  • Meet and make new friends with a similar social conscience

For Partner Nonprofits

  • Reduce food costs and free up your resources
  • Meet nutritional and emotional needs of your clients
  • Opportunities to receive higher quality food

For Donor Companies

  • Reduce food waste and cost of disposing overproduction or excess inventory
  • Reduce impact on the environment from food waste
  • Raise employee morale through employee volunteer activities at food banks
  • Contribute to addressing food waste and hunger issues in your local community
  • Local Government
  • Reduce food loss and waste