SOME OF OUR PROJECTS
June 2015 GFP's founder Wendi Taylor visited Malaysian NGO's that feed the hungry and those recovering from disasters. GFP is well into the Assessment Phase for establishing a Food Banking system in Malaysia. It will ensure a reliable flow of food to those who serve the needy. Our efforts will result in families being able to survive and rebuild their lives after events such as the Kelantan flood, a longhouse burning down in Sarawak, or the loss of a family's breadwinner. Learn more about our project in
Turkey has a fledgling food banking system Tider, which is doing wonderful work already. Tider even won the Global Food Bank Innovation award in 2017. Although Turkey grows lots of food, they have many in need, including large refugee populations, with no access yet to a food bank. At age 17 GFP's founder Wendi Taylor went to Turkey on an exchange program. She also has a Turkish daughter she hosted in 2013-14.
Japan is a very food-secure country, meaning that few are worried how to feed themselves and their families. So why does GYFP have a project in Japan? Because Japanese companies' food supply chains cul lots of perfectly edible food that could be redirected to food banks to serve the hungry people in Japan and ASEAN countries . Also, Japan's mountainous terrain means the relatively few sites suitable for landfills must charge high fees, motivating people and businesses to minimize their waste. Second Harvest Japan is being joined by many start-up food banking efforts across Japan. GFP is beginning an analysis to find cost effective ways to collect unsold food in Japan and supply it to NGOs in Japan and/or NGOs in SE Asia, which have access to container ports.
Indonesia, with over 17,000 islands and 266 million people has much hunger and malnutrition. Indonesia Food Bank was started a few years ago in Banten on the island of Java by a young man Idho Meilano who had visited a Canadian food bank. In November 2017, GFP founder Wendi Taylor traveled to Indonesia and met with Idho and some food bank volunteers. indonesiafoodbank.com
GFP has also been on a team developing plans to solve NGOs' logistics challenges in Jakarta, the gridlocked capital city with over 10 million inhabitants. In December 2018, a tsunami hit and devastated much of Banten, so the new food bank has had much to do.