3,600 tonnes of food waste is sent to landfill on a daily basis. While bulk food donations have become more common, scalable and on-demand logistical support are critical to ensuring timely delivery of these food items to those in need.
FOOD-CO is a centralised technology platform for food support services in Hong Kong, run by St. James’ Settlement and supported by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (SIE) Fund.
The platform connects food outlets and individuals wishing to donate surplus food with pre-approved food-support NGOs. Food donations are processed and made available to individuals in need through an interactive map. The platform also helps to match individuals with volunteering opportunities at food assistance organisations.
Since launching in 2016, FOOD-CO has identified several key challenges in further improving the food-support sector in Hong Kong:
PwC's role is to assist FOOD-CO and SIE Fund in making sure the intermediary platform is complementing current food support services and not overburdening any existing platforms or players. We do this by acting as an independent assessor, conducting stakeholder interviews and research to assess the effectiveness of the initiative and identify improvements to make the platform more efficient, robust and sustainable.
Based on our findings, innovative solutions have been developed to address the above challenges, securing further funding from SIE Fund for FOOD-CO 2.0. These include e-coupons for hot meals, co-sharing warehouse space, research on the supply chain of food surplus, an industry-wide advocacy campaign, and longitudinal research on the effectiveness of food support services as a poverty alleviation measure.
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