Thursday, August 20, 2009


Wastage of food in advanced countries at the house hold as well as the market levels is known to be phenomenal. One estimate puts the waste equivalent to that which can feed the entire hungry people in this planet. How far these claims are true cannot be judged in absence of accurate data. The wastage in the house holds is a matter of serious concern because cutting down on such wastes is possible only on a voluntary basis. But enormous waste that takes place at the whole sale and retail levels can be saved if proper organizational infrastructure is established to collect, preserve and distribute to those who are hungry due to economic reasons. Food banks in some states of Australia are setting an example as to how wastes can be put to better use by collecting and distributing them to the poor people.

According to a recent report "Foodbank in Australia is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organization that seeks and distributes food and grocery industry donations to welfare agencies which feed the hungry"

Food bank concept originated in the US and the first one started in Phoenix, Arizona in 1967. America's Second Harvest, by far, is the most visible food bank net work with over 200 units across the country. Food banks also operate to a smaller extent in Canada and Europe. They are most effective during natural calamities and other situations where large number of people are to be fed with hot and nurturing foods. Considered as food pantries for people under welfare programs, food banks have set an admirable example of making waste and surplus foods reach those who need them.


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