What is The Lost Food Project?
The Lost Food Project is a pioneering food bank in Malaysia that rescues quality, nutritious surplus food that would otherwise end up in landfill, and redistributes this food to those who need it most regardless of religion, gender, age, disability or ethnic group.
Surplus food is not waste. It is in date, edible food that is considered excess and is therefore still fit for human consumption. As Malaysia's leading food bank we are committed to reducing the amount of food and other products unnecessarily sent to landfill.
We are almost entirely run by a large team of volunteers who work closely with food distributors and suppliers to reduce the impact of food waste on the environment. With the cooperation and support of our partners, The Lost Food Project is able to rescue hundreds of thousands of tons of surplus food each year and give it to our charity partners and Malaysia's urban poor families, who in turn use this food to provide nutritious meals for Malaysia’s most vulnerable people.
We have grown at an astounding rate since our launch in April 2016, and we are proud to report that The Lost Food Project has been able to rescue enough surplus food to give almost 2 million meals to people in need.
Our Latest Impact
The size of the problem
Globally, 800 million people struggle with hunger every day. In Malaysia, 99.7% of children in low cost flats (PPR) live in relative poverty, whilst 7% live in absolute poverty. At TLFP we currently provide an average of 33,000 meals per week to PPR residents and charities that are most in need.
Roughly 1/3 of food produced in the world gets wasted. In Malaysia, 3,000 tonnes of edible food is thrown away each day. At TLFP we currently rescue an average of 10 tonnes of food per week from going into landfill.
Food production is responsible for 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. CO2) and 75% of annual deforestation. In Malaysia, the government has pledged to achieve 45% CO2 reduction by 2030.
At TLFP, we currently prevent a weekly average of 19 tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering our atmosphere by diverting food waste.
Who we serve
We are Malaysia's leading food bank that serves the needs of those in need regardless of their religion, gender, age, disability or ethnic group.
We don’t discriminate. The Lost Food Project will help everyone in need regardless of religion, gender, age, disability or ethnic group.
Malaysia’s urban poor are a key priority for us, reaching approximately 45,000+ people living in low cost housing in relative or real poverty, across 7500 families. The vision is to have regional depots run by local communities to feed all urban poor.
We also distribute surplus food and other items each week to over 50 charities operating in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.
About our Founder
Suzanne Mooney, Founder & President
The real turning point for me was meeting Robert Egger of the DC Kitchen (http://www.robertegger.org/). This changed the course of my life. He showed me what a difference one person could make to a community and to peoples’ lives.
None of us ever know what’s round the corner. I moved to Geneva and then on to Malaysia. I began to discover old friends working in food banks. In Malaysia, there were no professional food banks taking regular collections of surplus foods from any supermarket chains or manufacturers. There were many fantastic charities giving out food to people in need - but most of the food was paid for by sponsors, or some fast food chains were donating ad hoc from time to time. Sustainability and environmental concerns were not a priority.
That was it! I realised there was a huge opportunity here to make a real difference. All the inadvertent contacts I had made and experiences I had could help lots of people if I was prepared to work very hard, and find smart people to make my vision a reality. So a group of friends of mine formed a registered society in Malaysia with two charity projects and The Lost Food Project was born.
Feed the Hungry. Not the Landfill
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Our Food Partners
Thank you to the commitment of our many partners that redirect their surplus goods from landfill to The Lost Food Project, helping us to rescue food, reduce waste and fight hunger in Malaysia.
Our Corporate Partners
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Thank you to those organisations that have contributed financially and in-kind to The Lost Food Project. Without your contribution we would not be able to continue our work.
A registered society operated by
The Parents' International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur (PINK)
The Lost Food Project is a registered society operating under the Parents’ International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur (Persatuan Kebajikan Ibubapa Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur). Society Registration PPM-00-14-13022015
The Parents’ International Welfare Association of Kuala Lumpur (PINK) was founded in 2014 by a group of parents who wanted to give back to the community. The Lost Towel Project www.thelosttowelproject.com was the first community based project created by the group. In 2015, motivated by the amount of food waste seen in Kuala Lumpur, the group established The Lost Food Project, which aims to reduce food waste and feed the hungry and disadvantaged in Malaysia.