Vanessa Hwang

Hong Kong Tatler - - Features -

The founder of the Foodlink Foun­da­tion, Hong Kong’s lead­ing hunger-re­lief char­ity, Vanessa Hwang works hard to raise money to re­duce food waste and pro­vide hot meals to thou­sands of im­pov­er­ished peo­ple ev­ery week.

“My fa­ther was very phil­an­thropic, and set an ex­am­ple for my sib­lings and me to love the less for­tu­nate. It is be­cause of his teach­ings that I founded the Foodlink Foun­da­tion in 2001. The vi­sion is to en­sure ev­ery needy per­son has ac­cess to one hot, healthy meal a day. We col­lect safe-to-eat sur­plus food from F&B out­lets and de­liver it to those in need. Foodlink’s role is to connect the sup­ply to the de­mand as ef­fec­tively as pos­si­ble. The benefits are twofold—while re­duc­ing hunger, we also re­duce the pres­sure on land­fills. The big­gest chal­lenge is find­ing fi­nan­cial sup­port, but we raise money through events, grant ap­pli­ca­tions, cor­po­rate spon­sor­ship and in­di­vid­ual dona­tions. Hong Kong Parkview hosts an an­nual char­ity bazaar, and Foodlink has been cho­sen to be the ben­e­fi­ciary and ex­clu­sive run­ning col­lab­o­ra­tor for the past five years, which is won­der­ful. We trea­sure the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer a day of ed­u­ca­tion for fam­i­lies and friends to gather and learn about Foodlink’s mission, and the is­sues of poverty and food waste in Hong Kong.”

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