In working together with Scholars of Sustenance (SOS), our food services department has been able to effectively reduce food waste by donating surplus food to communities in need. About three times in a week, SOS picks up surplus cooked food from our canteens.
As a local NGO (non-governmental organisation), SOS partners with hospitality institutions, grocery markets and other organisations to collect surplus food, which is then redistributed within the community. SOS refers to their daily collections as Food Rescue Operations, as they implement a systematic approach in delivering quality surplus food from businesses to people in need.
Surplus food is categorised into what is edible and what should be composted. The food set aside for compost is delivered separately from that which is edible, and to a different demographic. One such community that receives compost donations is located in Bangkok’s “Green Lung”, Bang Krachao. The edible surplus food is delivered directly to communities within the same day. Some such communities include orphanages, shelters and refugee communities, amongst other vulnerable groups within Bangkok. SOS operates in Bangkok, Phuket, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai and Indonesia.
Looking to reduce food waste at your own organisation? Get in touch with SOS through their website here.