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.
The journey of the last two years has been a roller-coaster. I never dreamed how quickly we could make such an impact. In little over two years, we have distributed almost 2 million meals. We have saved more than 1 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions from polluting the environment. There is nothing more rewarding than witnessing for myself the difference we make to the charities we support and hearing from them the benefits of feeding people with good quality food that otherwise would have been lost to landfill. Nobody should have to go hungry: not when there is enough food to feed them.
It’s hard to imagine that there are 820 million people in the world somewhere between hunger and starvation, when there is enough surplus ‘lost’ food to feed all those people four times over.
I couldn’t have done it without my ‘Lost Food Family’: they are a group of amazing people who have given up so much time and effort for very little personal gain.
As our rescue operations and our ‘lost food’ family continues to grow, we need all the support we can get from all the food heroes out there.
Founder & President
The Lost Food Project