文章及翻譯：Aileen Ip (義工記者)
大家對五餅二魚餵飽五千人的聖經故事都耳熟能詳，但其實「五餅」並非五塊餅乾，而是五個麵包。 現時全港約有六百間麵包及餅店1，究竟這些麵包及餅店每日賣剩的食物可以餵飽多少個家庭呢？ 每日數以千噸剩餘的麵包等食物被運至堆田區，難道我們想將來想住在「麵包山」上嗎？ 麵包對我們來說可能是普通不過的早餐，或是趕時間的填肚方案，但在百物滕貴的香港，麵包卻可能是一些草根階層可負擔一日三餐的唯一選擇。 總不能小覷一個可幫助填肚的小小麵包，它可為這些基層補充體力繼續為生活拼搏；也是提供小朋友每日充足營養；幫助他們快高長大的主糧。
炎炎夏日，樂餉社(Feeding Hong Kong) 的義工們帶著大包小袋走訪了幾間麵包店後到達樂餉社的倉庫。 雖然汗流浹背，他們仍面帶笑容地掏出剛收集的不同型狀、不同味道的麵包、三文治或沙律等，互相分享著剛剛滿載而歸的經歷。 麵包的微溫好像正反映義工們的熱心；芳香四溢彷彿在給予他們一點點鼓勵。 另一邊廂作為義工的我每次眼見整張長桌被所收集的麵包、三文治及沙津等滿滿地攻陷，有時甚至彷彿堆了個麵包山時，不禁驚嘆香港不單浪費了如此多「有營」食物，也浪費了許多人力物力把這些食物送進堆填區。 食物不是用來填肚，而非用作填土嗎?
樂餉社乃香港唯一一間取得全球食物銀行網絡(GFN)認可的食物銀行，自2012年起透過舉辦麵包收集活動(Bread Run)讓義工為減廢及減輕飢餓問題出一份綿力；每次致力餵飽約幾百個家庭，亦減少約800-1,200個麵包等食物跑進堆田區。 除公眾假期或八號風球外，Bread Run逢星期二及星期四舉行。 現時與樂餉社合作的慈善機構多達71間，包括庇護中心、長者中心或機構、服務低收入、新來港移民或少數族裔家庭的機構及經費較低的學校，例如有康福護老院、Youth with a Mission、仁愛之家、基督教勵行會、鮮魚行學校等等。 至於捐贈樂餉社的食品供應商、超市或連鎖店多於200間，而參與此項目的麵包店或連鎖店大概佔5%。現時雖有大約200至300個義工團隊抽空幫忙，尚希望有穩定的義工能長期踴躍參與，以免會出現有包沒人救的狀況。
為確保食物安全，運抵倉庫的麵包等食物在樂餉社借宿一宵後翌日便會送抵不同有需要的慈善團體。 除此以外，樂餉社於食物剛到埗後立刻抽樣檢測需冷藏食物的溫度（除表面測溫外，亦會將溫度計插入食物內進行檢測）；以確保內外溫度皆達標。 另外，樂餉社的員工會計算運送時間，確保需冷藏食品於半小時內送抵倉庫，倉庫內亦備有大型雪櫃及専業的冷凍設備以防捐贈的食物變壞。至於發現包裝或食物有任何損毀、變壞或曾烹調的，樂餉社絶不會分發予任何團體。而樂餉社會盡量優先處理及運送這些或較快到期的食物到接收的團體。
想成為義工只須預先在手機或網上登記及在數十多個地區中選擇兩至三間麵包店或食物連鎖店。 三五知己亦可派一位代表登記，然後自組隊伍出動收包。 而16歲以下的朋友亦可在家長或監護人陪同下參加，但因衛生問題參加者絶不能攜同喵星人或其他寵物參與Bread Run或進入樂餉社的倉庫。 出發前預備數個環保袋，到訪前一小時致電自選的麵包店確認當晚有沒有剩餘的麵包等食物可供收集；然後到麵包店出示樂餉社授權的確認信，並和負責的店員核對好所領取的數目及種類，然後將麵包等食品送回樂餉社的倉庫或收集站3作點算、磅重及分類等工作便完成使命。 過程簡單方便，只需騰空一個晚上和花幾分腿力，便既可做運動，又可作善事，何樂而不為呢？
若星期二或星期四晚上未能抽空，也可向有賣剩餘的麵包店或食物供應商介紹樂餉社，將樂餉社的聯絡資料給予負責人，使更多有需要人士受惠。 若您是食品供應商的老闆或在職人士，亦可聯絡樂餉社安排收集剩餘的食品。 另外，樂餉社的倉庫也不定期需要人手作食物包裝及檢查等工序，有興趣可先上網登記以便樂餉社再作安排。 您仍要考慮參與不參與Bread Run嗎？ 但渴望很快在下次Bread Run見到您的我馬上要出動收麵包了! 再見!
- 最佳食用日期(Best Before Date)已過是指由食物運抵樂餉社當日起計最佳食用日期巳過兩個月內。
Feeding Tummy or Filling Land?
Everyone knows the prevalent Bible story of five loaves two fishes feeding five thousands, but the five loaves refers to five loaves of bread instead of five biscuits in Chinese version. There are around 600 bakeries1 now throughout Hong Kong, that makes us wonder how many household can be fed indeed by surplus left from these bakeries every day? Every day thousands tonnes of bread or other leftovers are sent to landfills, so do we want to live on the “Bread Mountain” in future? Bread may seem to be an ordinary breakfast option or just a quick grab for filling our tummy, but with the high standard of living in Hong Kong, bread might be all affordable option for three meals for some grassroots. We surely should not look down on a tummy-feeding little loaf of bread, it can refuel energy for these grassroots to strive for their living while it is a staple food that provides sufficient nutrients for children, nurturing their growth.
Under the boiling sun, volunteers of Feeding Hong Kong arrived the warehouse after visiting several bakeries with many big or small bags. Even they sweat like pigs, they still wore a smile when taking out different shapes and various flavours of bread, sandwiches or salads they just collected; sharing to each other their fresh experience in getting full of returns. The warmth of bread seemed reflecting the passion of the volunteers while the aroma diffused as if to give them some cheering. On the other hand as a volunteer, I saw the whole long table was occupied fully by bread, sandwiches or salad, sometimes even a bread mountain being built. I am shocked that Hong Kong not only waste so much nutritious food, but also waste so many human resources or other resources to throw this surplus to landfills. Aren’t food are supposed to feed hungry tummies instead of filling the land?
Feeding Hong Kong is the only food bank in Hong Kong recognized by the Global Food Bank Network (GFN), it has been offering opportunities for volunteers to chip their 20 cents in killing waste and hunger via bread-collecting campaign called Bread Run since 2012. Everytime it aims to feed around few hundreds of household, and reduce 800 to 1,200 loaves of bread or other leftovers jumping into landfills approximately. Except public holidays or typhoon no. 8, Bread Run is held every Tuesday and Thursday. About 71 charities including shelters, elderly homes or institutions, institutions that serve low-income group, new immigrants or minority families and schools with lower budget etc. are associating with Feeding Hong Kong now. Examples are Hong Fook Elder Home, Youth with a Mission, Home of Love, Christian Action, Fresh Fish Traders’ School etc.. Regarding parties sponsoring Feeding Hong Kong right now, there are more than 200 food suppliers, supermarket or chain stores, roughly 5% of these are bakeries or chain stores that support this campaign. Despite around 200 to 300 bread runners currently squeezing their time to help, there is still need for more stable ones to actively participate in the long run in order to avoid situation of no rescue of any available surplus.
For ensuring food safety, bread or other surplus that arrives Feeding Hong Kong’s warehouse would stay overnight and being dispatched the next day to different charity organizations in need. Apart from that, Feeding Hong Kong would immediately conduct temperature test on samples of refrigerated items among these newly arrivals (except test on the surface, they would also pin in the food with a thermo probe); making sure the benchmark of temperature both inside and outside are reached. In addition, staff of Feeding HK would also keep an eye on the transportation time, ensuring the fridged items would be arrived at their warehouse within 30 mins. The warehouse is also equipped with large-scale refrigerator and professional refrigeration facilities in order to avoid any perishment of the donated food. In case of any damage in the package or any spoiled or cooked food, Feeding Hong Kong definitely would not distribute it to any entity. Feeding Hong Kong would prioritize in handling and delivering these food to the collecting parties.
Who wants to be a bread runner simply finish the mobile or online registration and pick any two or three bakeries or chain stores in 10 or more different districts. You can form a group with your friends to collect bread and sign up with one representative. For volunteer who are aged below 16 needs to be accompanied by either one of their parents or a guardian during the voluntary service. However for hygiene reason, volunteers are absolutely prohibited to take their cat or other pets in the Bread Run or enter Feeding Hong Kong’s warehouse. Prior to the run, prepare a few eco bags, call the selected bakery an hour before your visit to confirm if there are leftovers to collect; show the confirmation letter authorized by Feeding Hong Kong when you arrive the bakery, audit the quantities and types of collected items with the responsible staff, then transport them to Feeding Hong Kong warehouse or collection point3 for counting, weighting and categorization. Simple and convenient procedures, just free one night and pay a few visits with your legs, then you can do some exercise while devoting to charity at the same time, why not?
If you are not available on Tuesday or Thursday nights, there are other volunteering opportunities like introducing Feeding Hong Kong to some bakeries or food suppliers which have leftovers and providing them contacts of Feeding Hong Kong, so that more needies could benefit. If you are the owner of or working in any food suppliers, you can reach Feeding Hong Kong for further arrangement in collecting your surplus. Moreover, the warehouse also has irregular demand in packing or checking goods, interested parties can register online first for further arrangement. To run or not to run, is it still a question for you? But I gotta run with the hope to see you soon in the next Bread Run! Bye!
Feeding Hong Kong’s Website: https://www.feedinghk.org/
Feeding Hong Kong’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/feedinghk/
Volunteer Registration: https://www.feedinghk.org/tc/take-action/volunteer/
Bread Run Registration: https://www.eventbrite.hk/o/feeding-hong-kong-2684124262
- Data is according to the number of bakeries in 2016 Pleasant Environment Statistics conducted by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department, HKSAR Government.
- Passed Best Before Date refers to date passed up to two months counted on the day the surplus arrives the warehouse of Feeding Hong Kong
- For volunteers’ convenience, there would be one collection point in Central once a month now.
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Copywrited and Translated by Volunteer Aileen Ip
機構簡介, organization’s profile: https://socialcareer.org/#!/ngo/about/feedinghk
義工機會, organization’s volunteer jobs: https://socialcareer.org/#!/ngo/volunteering/feedinghk/600529
更多義工機會, more volunteer opportunities: www.socialcareer.org