Globe has brought in international food rescue organization Scholars of Sustenance (SOS) Philippines Food Rescue as its latest partner for Hapag Movement, a unified hunger alleviation program.
Through Hapag Movement, Globe takes various approaches to address involuntary hunger in the country. Aside from supplemental feeding efforts and livelihood training and assistance, the company is now looking at reducing food waste and showing the value of food through SOS PH.
Recently launched in the Philippines, SOS aims to help reduce hunger by utilizing safe and edible food surplus and redistributing them to those in need.
While millions of Filipinos are suffering from involuntary hunger, 1,717 metric tons of food is wasted each day in the country, according to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology.
SOS PH collects safe and edible food from restaurants, canteens, and other food service companies to save them from going to waste. The rescued food is brought to community kitchens to convert into meals delivered to vulnerable communities and individuals.
Starting in Thailand and Indonesia in 2016 and 2017, respectively, the food organization has already rescued and served an equivalent of around 25 million meals, or about 5.5 million kilograms worth of food surplus. This, in turn, diverted 13.9 million kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions from landfills.
As the newest mobilization partner of the Hapag Movement program, SOS PH is set to engage beneficiary communities in a different way—providing families in need with good quality meals, with an estimate of P50 per meal—in line with the Globe program’s format. Currently, the organization is serving communities in Manila, Makati, and Rizal under its operations.
Donations raised through the various program platforms such GCash, the GlobeOne app, and credit card channels will be used by SOS PH to continue and scale its operations.