Chefs For Change Ghana Foundation, is a non-profit food recovery organization made up of chefs and volunteers who share an equal passion of ensuring that the amount of food wasted in Ghana is reduced and the less privileged in our society will also have at least a decent meal a day.
On October 16, which marks the United Nations WORLD FOOD DAY, Chefs for Change will hold “Feast of Hope 2014”, where over 5,000 people, including prisoners, street children, charity homes, the mentally challenged and the aged will be fed to mark the day. Feast of Hope and Chefs For Change Ghana Foundation is a partner of SAVE FOOD, an FAO Global initiative to reduce food wastage and food losses worldwide.
Recent statistics from the 2013 Ghana food wastage report shows that 3.2 million tons of food valued at $8.9 billion was wasted by Ghanaians in 2013. 45% of Ghanaians do not have enough to eat yet we waste majority of our food along the supply chain with the highest losses in distribution. Majority of Ghanaians have developed consumption lifestyles that they cook more food than they can eat and throw the left- over’s into dustbins.
The wasted food end up at land-fields and turns into methane, a green-house gas that is 25 times more potent than the carbon monoxide from vehicles’ exhaust.Hotels, restaurants and food vendors have over 40% of their food/menu going waste by way of leftovers and surplus. On national front a lot of foodstuffs are lost during bumper harvest due to inadequate storage facilities and poor transportation network.
Given the current economic woes we face as a country, there is the need to address the growing challenge of food wastage in Ghana and creating sustainable solutions such as food recovery initiatives and feeding the aged, mentally retarded and less privileged within Ghana, the team will on the 15th October, a day before UN World food day,feed over 3,000 prisoners. The UN World day will then begin with a float from Tetteh Quarshie interchange through principal streets and charity homes particularly closer to areas populated by our targets to FEED AND INSPIRE them.
The float will end at the Old PWD Makola,where there will be a durbar to address the economic impact of food wastage in Ghana. Special teams will also be dispatched to the Accra Psychiatric Hospital, Osu Children’s home and some other selected similar outlets to give them their share of the food and inspiration. The float will also be used to educate the general public about the facts of FOOD WASTAGE AND HUNGER as contained in the final report of the 2013 food wastage report, to at least reduce the canker food losses and wastage.
This day is set to be a remarkable day in the books of Chefs for Change Ghana Foundation, it’s sponsors and The World Food day Program, since we believe such activities are a direct representation of what the world food day is all about, and our doors are opened for volunteers, partners and supporters who share a similar passion to come in and support this very worthy cause. Thanks to our official sponsors: Sadia,Mr. Snacky, Blowgroup industries,Sandra Ice cream, Ricemaster’s selection, Maggi, Nestle professionals and belaqua mineral water.
For sponsorship, partnership enquiries or to volunteer please call Chefs4Change: 0247223821/ Black Hype events: 0241220558
Chef Elijah Amoo Addo
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