By Desmond Lee
Our Hong Kong office is celebrating Cundall’s 40th birthday by responding to the pledge of 40,000 hours of volunteering to reflect our 40 years in business.
Urban Farming – organic veggies for people in need
In one of the world highest density cities, over 90% of food in Hong Kong is imported from across the world. Food in Hong Kong is becoming increasingly expensive and not affordable by family with low incomes.
On the other hands, quality and safety of food is gradually becoming more and more of a concern, recently in Hong Kong due to the quality of foods imported from China.
In view of this, five Cundall farmers (Huw, Benny, Peter, Oscar, and myself) contributed in an urban farming program at the top of the Bank of America Tower in Central, the central business district, on the 26th of September. As well as Cundall, there were five more volunteers from JLL who are the building management company of Bank of America Tower.
On the day, we helped to weed, turn over the soil, plant seedlings of different veggies and water the plants. The plants will be ready to be harvested in about three months and all harvested veggies at Bank of America Tower will be donated to Feeding Hong Kong.
Feeding Hong Kong is a food bank dedicated to rescuing surplus nutritious food from retailers, distributors and manufacturers and redistributing it to people in need in Hong Kong.
Food Angel – free food for people in need
Food Angel is a food rescue and food assistance program with the mission of “WASTE NOT, HUNGER NOT.” The program rescues edible surplus food from different sectors of the food industry that would otherwise be disposed of as waste. Following strict safety protocols, the rescued food items are prepared as nutritious hot meals in their central kitchen and redistributed to serve the underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.
On the 6th of October, colleagues in the entire Cundall Hong Kong office became angels and helped prepare the food with other volunteers in Food Angel’s central kitchen.
We prepared food for more than 700+ dinner boxes for underprivileged communities in Hong Kong.
It was a great experience for all, we left with new ideas and recipes to reduce our own food waste at home, while helping those less fortunate than us.
To find out more about Cundall in Hong Kong click here.