Author: Can Huang 150208909 ; Xin Lyu 150228893
This walking tour starts at Regal Oriental Hotel of Kowloon City, takes in Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society, Kowloon City Market, Joyful Family Canteen, North River Siu Mei Restaurant, Food Angel, Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service and ends at the Cheung Sha Wan MTR station. It takes around 2 hours and a half to explore the different food giving away approaches from Kowloon City to Sham Shui Po. During this walking tour, we can understand a lot about the operating mode of charitable organizations, as well as the livelihoods of local residents.
1. Lok Sin Tong Food Bank (47 Tak Ku Ling Road)
Start at Regal Oriental Hotel bus stop on Prince Edward Road East. Walking along the Nga Tsin Wai Road, you can see the food bank of Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon is on the Tak Ku Ling Road. It supports the short-term (6 months) food assistance for unemployed people and low-income residents who without government supports. The forms of food assistance are different, including provide canned food and give out meal coupons. This antechamber not only can be a food support site, but also organize socially useful activities to help poor people.
The head office of Lok Sin Tong Benevolent Society Kowloon is on Lung Kong Road, with 2-minute walk from the food bank. Lok Sin Tong is a charitable organization founded in 1880. It was committed as a regional volunteer group to provide free medical services and to maintain a caring and harmonious community. Currently, the society operates 33 subsidiary units to offer quality services to reduce local poverty, with provision of education, social welfare and medical care.
2. Kowloon City Market (102 Nga Tsin Wai Road)
Walking along the Carpenter Road, Kowloon City Market is on the Nga Tsin Wai Road. This wet market provides any food such as fresh vegetables and fruits, seafood, live poultry, as well as imported food. According to observing, a great deal of food can be wasted in the wet market. In order to improve food waste and reduce food poverty, People Service Centre (NGO) organized a charitable plan to give out food to the old and poor families by collecting donated food from stores in the market in 2011. The charitable plan has developed to Kowloon City Market since 2013. Obviously, this food giving away can not only promote the public awareness of food waste in Hong Kong, but also give a hand to these people who have difficulties with burden on the livelihood. Besides, volunteers of this activity are retired elders. They are happy to provide assistance to others with their ability.
In this area a lot of old people live by picking up trash and recycling scrap. They do not have government CSSA as illegal immigrant.
3.Joyful Family Canteen (2/F, Sun Hon Building, 51-67 Tung Chau Street Tai Kok Tsui)
Walking along the Prince Edward Road W, continuing straight onto Tung Chau St, there is a Sung Hon House. On the second floor, Joyful Family Canteen is held by Tai Kok Tsui Baptist Church. Joyful Family Canteen is one of the hot meal service belongs to the Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service. This canteen focus on the low-income family with children. This canteen works with Food Angel that they count the people need help weekly and then order dinner which contains rice, soup and two dishes, with a very low price, HK$10. In addition, social workers were available to offer schoolwork counseling to the children who are doing homework while waiting their parents. As the location belongs to the church, the canteen also held a lot church activities like dancing class. Usually the canteen could provide services to about 20 people per day, which is not very big. Unfortunately, one of their main supporters will quit from the Joyful Family Canteen, then this hot meal service will totally worked by the church.
This is the publicity board of Tai Kok Tsui Baptist Church
North River Siu Mei restaurant (54 Pei Ho Street)
Go back to the Prince Edward Road and then turn left to the Tong Mi Road. After about 200 meters walk, turn left onto Lai Chi Kok Road. Keep walking along then turn right to Pei Ho St. there is a small restaurant hiding in other stores called North River BBQ Restaurant held by Domingo who was elected as one of the positive energy representatives in 2013(李八方, 2013). The restaurant he runs has been supplying cheap meals to elders in a number of areas, including Sham Shui Po, Yuen Long and Yau Ma Tei and other districts, known as the ‘caring the poor canteen’(黃妙琴, 2016). Since it was reported by news, Mingo and his actives have been gotten lot of help. Every week, volunteers will come to help him to distribute food. He also has plan to open more restaurants like this(朱雅霜,2015). However, in 2016, North River Siu Mei Restaurant must shut for a while because the high rent that Mingo cannot afford. The new one will be opened nearby the old one as a landlord was willing to lease Domingo in low-cost to keep hold caring activities (北河同行, 2016).
A commendation awarded by Sham Shui Po residents
Food Angel (235 Hai Tan Street)
Walking along the Lai Chi Kok Road to Hai Tan Street, there is the Fung Sing Building. It is the kitchen and hot food refectory of Food Angel by Bo Charity Foundation. Elders aged over 65 and living alone can apply to be a membership of Food Angel. This refectory provides lunch and dinner to their memberships on weekdays. The Sham Shui Po Central Kitchen is sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. Moreover, the food raw materials come from the edible remaining food in local catering industry. It has been rescued 815,947 kilograms food from 2014 to 2015, and the hot meals served has attached to 924,925 boxes. In 2015, their logistics team has expanded to 4 cooling trucks and 17 minivans for the collection of edible surplus food and distributions of hot meal boxes and food packs. Currently, the beneficiaries and charity partners of Food Angel continue to grow. According to the field visits and annual report, Food Angel can be regarded as the largest food giving away charitable organization in Hong Kong.
Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service (Cheung Sha Wan)
CLP Canteen 2/F, 323 Shun Ning Road, Cheung Sha Wan
Turn left onto the Yen Chow St and after more than 400 meters straight walk, through a crossroads and continue for another 250 meters road. Turn left to Castle Peak Road and walk about 750 m, then turn right to Fat Tseung St then turn left to Shun Ning Road. On the second floor, there is Baptist Oi Kwan Social Service. There is a CLP Hot meal Canteen that focus on the residents of Sham Shui Po District (including Shek Kip Mei, Sham Shui Po, Cheung Sha Wan, Mobil West) who are low-income family members (total monthly household income is below the median household income in Hong Kong 75%) or unemployed. CLP Power is the main sponsor of this canteen but funding for only one year. Canteen since August 31, 2011 began offering dinner service $10 for residents of Sham Shui Po District. In addition to offering preferential dinner, the dining hall will also provide information sessions, referrals, job referrals, emotional counseling, support groups and other services like providing dinner with mobility of elderly people, and the majority of volunteers are hot meal canteen users.
Daily Menu of CLP Canteen in March; The CLP canteen was awarded the most popular activity
Food Angel as the biggest and most influential organization among the locations above, has lasting source of funds and mature mode of operation. The long list of cooperation and donations make Food Angel continue to operate. Good publicity and participation with many celebrities make Food Angel become a help to promote corporate image. In this way, it attracts more donations and helpers. Lok Sin Tong is an organization with long history that have school, hospital and other branches. Food bank is one of the branches based mainly in the form of food stamps to receive food. The two hot meal canteens we went have very clear audience and service areas that is a good start for immature organizations. However, they need long term support. Besides, food giving away organization with religious background is bad for their development, because it could be seen as missionary method. Charitable plan in Kowloon City Market is a small scale volunteer activity. Time and the number of volunteers is unstable. These plan need more propaganda and government support to continue.
In this walk tour, we found 6 places that relate to food giving away. They are food market, restaurant, food bank, hot meal canteen mainly held by church, hot meal canteen held by social service with sponsor, social service which provides food stamps. Each of them have various scale, audience and purpose. To reduce food waste and hunger, these organizations need more support and publicity. According to the talk between the Hongkongers, the concept of food bank is not been known by the public.More people should join in these charitable activities. One little food drive isn’t so much of a novelty anymore. A couple of dozens cans of fruit don’t save the world. Nobody even pays attention to where food goes. Except when you find out the numbers that these organizations distribute. That’s a lot of small donation adding up to one big difference (Ferguson S, 2013).
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