The Shanghai Oasis Ecological Conservation and Communication Center (SOECCC) briefed members on the China Food Bank Network (CFBN) program on July 8. SOECCC is an authorized member of the Global Food Network and has managed the CFBN since 2014.Since it began operations in 2014, more than 728 volunteers have helped to distribute more than 80 tons of food to nearly 10,000 struggling families.
Joyelle Zhong, partner at the CFBN, spoke about the extreme amount of food wasted in China. According to CFBN reports, Zhong estimates that the annual food waste in China is equal to US$32 billion and an average of 134 million people suffer from hunger annually. Ella Zhang, director of CFBN, spoke about CFBN’s operations in Shanghai. The Shanghai project has 36 food distribution spots throughout the city that serves disabled people, elderly, and children of migrant workers. She also discussed corporate partnership opportunities and listed benefits for sponsoring the CFBN. Participants also heard from one of CFBN’s volunteers that manages one of the distribution points.
This program is the second in the AmCham Shanghai’s NGO Brown Bag Series. The series is a quarterly event that provides a platform for NGOs to share their insight on certain social issues and introduce available opportunities for public participation and corporate partnerships.