Our supplies are given to us free of charge by generous partners in the food industry. The food is still safe and fit to eat but during the normal course of business has lost its commercial value and is destined for land fill.
Canned and packaged food items are donated because of approaching sell-by dates, labelling errors, discontinued brands, surplus inventory, minor recipe variations or damaged packaging.
We also rescue fresh bread, sandwiches and salads that would typically be thrown away due to their short shelf life.
The food is sorted and delivered to our network of partner charities. Each consignment is tailored to meet the needs of the individual charity and those that rely on it. By supporting existing food programmes, we make efficient use of established distribution channels to make a difference.
This is food banking.
Feeding Hong Kong is the only organisation in Hong Kong to source, collect and redistribute surplus food to the charities that can best stop hunger.
What do the dates on food labels mean?
Food can be eaten up to the end of the ‘use by’ date, but not after even if it looks and smells fine.
These dates refer to quality rather than food safety. When the date is passed, the food won’t be unsafe but it might begin to loose its flavour or texture.
This is a date for shop staff not shoppers.
For all Food
Always follow on pack storage guidance and instructions such as “eat within three days of opening”.