At least top four hotels have agreed to contribute food and drinks to San Miguel Foundation’s initiative to put up a beefed up soup kitchen in the country.
Inquirer food columnist Margaux Salceda said Conrad, New World, Peninsula and the Seda hotels have signed up to donate their “excess food as well as food and drink products nearing expiry dates.” These hotels would join the core contributors to the project: San Miguel Food and Beverage, Inc., Makati Diamond Residences, Manila Diamond Hotel, Great Food Solutions, Petron Treats and San Mig Food Avenue.
San Miguel president Ramon S. Ang unveiled the first “Better World” community center in Tondo last week which he hoped would address the hunger problem in the country.
“The foundation seeks to address the following: the fact that 66 percent of households in the Philippines are food insecure and that 21.9 percent of these households are severely food insecure. Note, too, that 25-30 percent of foods that pass through kitchens go to waste,” said Salcedo.
Salcedo said it was Ang’s daughter, foundation trustee and Diamong Hotel president Cecile Ang, who suggested to expand the Better World food bank enter into a place for learning.
“We are creating a food waste footprint that’s hard to ignore… but while we’re addressing issues of hunger and food waste, we’re not stopping there. We’re also partnering with AHA! Learning Center, a free after school program for public school students,” Cecile said.
Dubbed “Ang Bago Kong Mundo,” Better World’s learning center hopes to mold the students—almost 100 of them from Grades 5 to 6—to become resilient and critical thinkers.