Feeding Hong Kong launches annual “Dragon Drive” donation campaign for those in need

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Rice dumplings donated to charities.

8th June 2023 – (Hong Kong) As Hong Kong’s Dragon Boat Festival approaches, local food bank Feeding Hong Kong has launched its annual “Dragon Drive” donation campaign for the sixth consecutive year. The campaign, which began on June 1st and runs until 30th June, aims to collect various canned food products, including canned fish, to provide nutritious and shelf-stable foods for those in need. In addition, Feeding Hong Kong is accepting mail donations of rice dumpling vouchers until 12th June. All vouchers received will be redistributed to over 150 registered charity partners and directed toward individuals facing hunger and poverty.

Feeding Hong Kong is calling for donations through its Dragon Drive campaign, which has been successful in the past. Last year, the organisation received over 4,000 cans of food and 350 rice dumpling vouchers during the pandemic. Donation collection points can be found at 14 sites around the city, including Deliveroo Editions at Cheung Sha Wan, PizzaExpress Lab at Causeway Bay, and Freshlane at Sai Ying Pun.

Hong Kong has a high poverty rate, with approximately one in every five individuals living below the poverty line. With the minimum hourly wage being just HK$40, it is a struggle for many to find the funds for three nutritious meals every day. Donating canned fish, such as sardines, mackerel, and tuna, can provide cost-effective alternatives for those unable to afford fresh seafood. Feeding Hong Kong aims to collect a minimum of 1,000 cans of food throughout the Dragon Drive campaign, all of which will be redistributed to charities and community members in need.

Donating canned fish, such as sardines, mackerel, and tuna, can provide cost-effective alternatives for those unable to afford fresh seafood.

To streamline the donation process during the Dragon Boat Festival, all rice dumpling vouchers should be mailed to Feeding Hong Kong’s Yau Tong food bank by 12th June for timely redemption. Canned food donations should be completed before June 30th.

Feeding Hong Kong’s CEO, Gabrielle Kirstein, emphasised the importance of community support in alleviating hunger and poverty in Hong Kong. “Through the Dragon Drive campaign, we hope to not only collect food donations but also raise awareness of the ongoing issue of food insecurity in our city. We encourage everyone to show their support and donate what they can to help those in need,” she said.

Feeding Hong Kong is a non-profit organisation dedicated to reducing food waste and fighting hunger in Hong Kong. The organisation collects surplus food from food companies, hotels, and restaurants and redistributes it to those in need through a network of charity partners.