Foodlink Annual Report-2019-2020

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Foodlink Foundation Replacing Hunger with a Smile

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Annual Report 2019 – 2020 年度報告 2019 – 2020




Message from

Our Mission &

Executive Director

Year Impact Overview



Our Programmes

Impact at a Glance



Year in Review

Financial Report

11 Acknowledgements

Message from Executive Director

A year ago, we celebrated our tenth anniversary.

needy. This year, our operations were directly affected

be put to good use and feed hungry families affected

That occasion represented a decade of Foodlink

by social unrest and the onset of COVID-19 but in

by the pandemic conditions.

Foundation’s role in food recovery and feeding

the true spirit of Hong Kong, the Foodlink team

the needy and underprivileged in Hong Kong. Our

worked even harder to salvage 564 tonnes of food

We have also used our limited resources to stay

beneficiaries include homeless individuals living in

for distribution despite the worsening conditions that

engaged with the community. Our new kitchen was

shelters, street-sleepers, migrants, asylum seekers,

they encountered every day.

able to host a handful of gatherings before social

the unemployed, the elderly, and disenfranchised individuals and families. Today, a year on, I am pleased to report that we have

distancing kicked in. And we could not have done this without the support of our food donors, sponsors, partners and volunteers.

I mentioned the grittiness and determination of the

Thank you once again from the bottom of my heart!

spirit of Hong Kong above. This past year has been

been unflagging in delivering our mission, even though

tough and I have no doubt that wvthe following

the situation in Hong Kong and elsewhere has been

It is said that adversity makes for new bedfellows. In a

years to come will be even tougher with economic

especially challenging over the past 12 months.

way, that is true for us. We are delighted to announce

and health challenges prevailing. But I believe the

that as well as new corporate partners and sponsors

perseverance of our dedicated team - and with your

Whenever disruptions occur to society, the ones to

that have decided to join us on our journey, we are

care and support - we will overcome these stresses

suffer most are the poor and underserved.

also tapping into unlikely sources of food donations.

and emerge stronger and better.

One sector we have found to be a generous partner is But I am incredibly proud of my staff who relentlessly

the cruise liner business. With COVID-19 affecting the

And let us not forget our purpose – to put a smile on

continue to collect unwanted food to serve to the

tourism industry, there is a surplus of food which can

the face of the hungry!

Executive Director Robin Hwang 3

Our Mission

Year Impact Overview Our Impact

The vision at Foodlink is to ensure every needy person has access to a hot, healthy meal. We collect safe-to-eat surplus food from F&B outlets and


310 tonnes of bread

109 tonnes hot food

The benefits are twofold -


while reducing hunger we

tonnes food products

deliver to those in need.

tonnes of food rescued

1.34 Million meals served

also reduce the pressure on our city's landfills. Our Community

117 Food Donors

110 Beneficiary Partners


Our Engagement

86 Events

73 community building events

13 education sessions

Our Programmes

Hot Food Programme

Bread Programme

Banquet Programme

Trimmings Programme

Food donors sort the surplus


closely with

We also collect surplus food



We accept miscellaneous products

food into sanitised containers

bakery chains that donate their

from banquets, weddings and

operations leave behind a lot of

donated to us free of charge

for our drivers to pick up, drivers

unsold bread. Our role is to

other events, and deliver the

trimmings that are still perfectly


then swiftly deliver the collected

match and connect bakeries with

food to our partners. This food

edible. Our hotel partners kindly

companies and corporates, which

food to our beneficiary partners,

our partners in the community, so

comprises the last few dishes —

donate the trimmings from their

include canned or packaged food

where the food is reheated and

that their staff or volunteers will

meat, rice and noodles— which

kitchens, which we deliver to our

items that are still safe to eat. They

served on-site to the needy free

pick up the leftover bread directly

are left virtually untouched as

partners, where they could use

are then sorted and delivered to our

of charge.

from shops and redistribute the

guests are full after indulging on

the trimmings to supplement the

partners according to the needs of

bread to the beneficiaries.

earlier dishes.

meals for the needy.

their service beneficiaries.





Product Donations




Impact at a Glance


Fulfill Sustainable Development Goals Impact Data #1

Impact Data #2

Every HK$3.6 can provide a hot and

Work with 110 beneficiary

nutritious meal to someone in need.

partners to fight hunger.

Year in Review

Continually working to cheer up the

The previous year, we recognized the hard

Bringing a warm and positive spirit is important

times ahead so we committed ourselves to

to support needy communities to let them

building resilience and character to weather

know we have not forgotten them.

underprivileged community

the storms. We did not realize how true our actions would ring.

Many of the elderly today helped build Hong Kong into the bustling thriving city it is now. To celebrate their efforts, we held a Winter Solstice Poon Choi party (sponsored by TVB) for 400 elderly from 2 NGO partners: The Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council & Buddhist Ching Hang Neighbourhood Elderly Centre.

Not forgetting the future citizens of Hong Kong, Rebuilding our resources

we treated children of poor families to a cooking

Sharp tools make good work. The demand


for our services pushed us to recognize that

where they spent the day

we needed better equipment to improve our


efficiency. Thanks to the generosity of the HK


Jockey Club, we were able to buy a new van to

about the importance of

replace our exhausted vehicle fleet.

not wasting food.




Disney, Character



Innovation to find new food partners

Walking the talk

In a first for us this year, we are privileged

As well as collaborating

to count Star Cruise, a cruise liner, as a

with CSR partners in

food donor partner. As of this year, we are

upcycling surplus food

making regular collections from a non-land


based source. This important step makes

we have been raising

us the first and the only food recycling

awareness by working

organization in Hong Kong that collects

with corporate partners

safe-to-eat surplus food from cruises.

and educating the youth.



ESF Agents of Change

Creative ways to engage volunteers We ran over 20 food making workshops to engage corporate partners from different sectors and to highlight the importance and the philosophy of corporate engagement/ organizing CSR activities. It was a true learning experience for some of the volunteers who were unaware of the plight of the needy and hungry in Hong Kong and the environmental impact of food waste.


Coping with the pandemic COVID-19 hit Hong Kong and the rest of the world by surprise. We had to move fast to provide food and hygiene products (sanitizer, masks) to the vulnerable ones. We swiftly used our established relationships with corporate partners to appeal for food packs and other donations from them. Despite the disruptions and strict constraints, it was a time where Hong Kong’s true caring spirit emerged.

Showing others it can be done It has been a stressful year and the future portends even harder times ahead. But we are pleased to report that our contributions to the environment were recognized through being awarded the HKAEE Silver Award for our efforts in diverting food waste from landfills and at the same time having a huge social impact in the lives of the underprivileged. The award was a privilege but it sends out a clear message to others: IT CAN BE DONE! Put others ahead of yourself - and the rewards are significant. 9

Financial Report Total Donations

Total Expenses












Fundraising Activities






Acknowledgements Major Food Donors


Grand City Hotel Hong Kong

KPMG Staff Canteen

Sheraton Hong Kong Hotel & Towers

A & W Food Service Limited

Grand Hyatt Hong Kong

Lactalis Hong Kong Limited

Sift Desserts

Aberdeen Marina Club

Hago Group

Le Méridien Cyberport

Singapore International School

Amoy Food Limited


LEI food & drinks company

Aqua Green

Hong Kong Academy

L'hotel Causeway Bay Harbour View

Sino Group


Hong Kong Adventist Hospital

L'hotel élan

South Island School

Australian International School

Hong Kong Club

L'hotel Island South

Stamford American International School

L'hotel Nina Et Convention Centre

Star Cruises (Hong Kong) Limited

Li Po Chun United World College of

The Aberdeen Marina Club

Hong Kong Canteen

The Charterhouse Causeway Bay Hong Kong

Hong Kong Canteen

Hong Kong Canteen

Hong Kong Disneyland Resort

Best Western Hotel Causeway Bay

Hong Kong Jockey Club

Bloomberg L.P.

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel

C.P.F. Hong Kong Company Limited

Hong Kong Parkview

L'Oréal Hong Kong Limited

The Cityview

Canadian International School Canteen

Hotel ICON

Maison Eric Kayser Hong Kong

The Emperor Hotel

Central and Western District

Hotel Jen Hong Kong

Mandarin Oriental Hong Kong

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club, Hong Kong

Saint Anthony's School

HSBC Staff Canteen


Circle K

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Sha Tin

Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel

The French International School of HK

City Garden Hotel Hong Kong

Hyatt Regency Hong Kong, Tsim Sha Tsui

Marks & Spencer

The Harbourview

Classic Fine Foods (Hong Kong) Limited

Independent Schools Foundation


The Hong Kong Bankers Club

Conrad Hong Kong

Academy Canteen

Morgan Stanley Staff Canteen

The Hong Kong Country Club

Cordis, Hong Kong

InterContinental Grand Stanford Hong Kong

Murray, the niccola hotel

The Langham Hong Kong

Courtyard by Marriott Hong Kong

InterContinental Hong Kong

New World Millennium Hong Kong Hotel

The Mira Hong Kong

Courtyard by Marriott Sha Tin

International Christian School Canteen

Novotel Century Hong Kong

The Murray, Hong Kong, a Niccolo Hotel

CP Merchandising Company Limited

Island Pacific Hotel Hong Kong

Novotel Citygate Hong Kong

The Peninsula Hong Kong

Deutsche Bank Staff Canteen

Island Shangri-La Hong Kong

Novotel Hong Kong Nathan Road Kowloon

The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

EAST Hong Kong

Italian Tomato

Pentahotel Hong Kong, Kowloon

The Royal Garden

Eaton, Hong Kong

JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong

Prince, Hong Kong

The Royal Pacific Hotel and Towers

ETAK International Limited

Kee Wah Bakery

Ramada Hong Kong Harbour View


Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong

Kellett School (Kowloon Bay) Canteen

Regal Hotels International Holdings

W Hong Kong

Gateway, Hong Kong

Kerry Hotel, Hong Kong

Renaissance Harbour View Hotel Hong Kong

West Island School

Gloucester Luk Kwok Hong Kong

KFC Hong Kong

Repulse Bay Company Limited


Gold Coast Hotel

King George V School Canteen

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club

YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College

Kowloon Shangri-La Hong Kong

Saint Honore Cake Shop

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Goldman Sachs

(Tung Chung)

Acknowledgements Our Top Donors

Alice de la Fuente Saez

ICBC International Holdings Limited

Bloomberg L.P.

K. Lo

Bull Capital Partners (Hong Kong)

Keith Mok

Cape Charles Investments Limited

Koo Schmidt Beverly Ganning

Chinachem Agencies Ltd

L A M HK Ltd

Chou's Foundation

Lesley Kwok Wai San

Christine Chuang

Morgan Stanley Asia Limited

Chun Sing Estate Development

NWS Holdings Limited

Collyer Logistics South China Limited

PCCW Limited / HKT Limited

DBS Bank (Hong Kong) Limited

Pierre Legrandois

Derek Fan

Protiviti Hong Kong Co. Ltd.

Doris Lau

Stone Pole Limited (Suzanne Poon)

Elsa Shek Cheung Mei Yee

Superl Holdings Limited

Emperor Foundation Limited

The Church of Jesus Christ of

Environment and Conservation Fund

Fok Ying Tung Foundation Limited

The Hong Kong Indian Women's Club

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

The Irish Pub

Gary Chan Lap Wai

United Overseas Bank Limited

Hang Seng Bank Limited

Virginia Yim Tsui Yuk Shan

Ho Yuk Wah

Vivian Tsung

Hongkong International Theme

Young Johnathan CK

Parks Limited 13

Latter-Day Saints HK

Thank you for your efforts in replacing hunger with a smile

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