SOME OF OUR PARTNERS & PROJECTS
June 2015 GYFP's founder Wendi Taylor visited Malaysian NGO's that feed the hungry and those recovering from disasters. GYFP gathered and documented information about NGO's that are already providing food to the hungry to support the development of a Food Banking distribution network in Malaysia that 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.
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.
Hope Rising Action (HRA) is an NGO formed in April 2019 with the purpose of bringing hope to children (and their families) living in extremely impoverished northern Burundian villages. HRA's volunteers are focused on actions that provide food, clean water, clothing, healthcare, shelter, supplies needed to attend school, and activities that show these children they are loved, so that these children have the energy and means to go to school and can envision a happy and independent future.
GYFP is supporting HRA's mission by mentoring the young organization and its volunteers, researching solutions, supporting and promoting its activities, especially those that advance food security for these children.
A banana plant nursery that the villagers can operate to generate income and improve the food security not only in their village, but also in the region, will be started soon with the help of HRA and GYFP. We encourage you to explore HRA's webpages, to become a member of the HRA 'family,' and to contribute towards the establishment of the banana plant nursery.
Indonesia, with over 17,000 islands and 266 million people has much hunger and malnutrition. Indonesia Food Bank was started in Banten on the island of Java by Idho Meilano who had visited a Canadian food bank. In November 2017, GYFP founder Wendi Taylor traveled to Indonesia and met with Idho and some food bank volunteers. The young food bank grew up quickly when in December 2018 a tsunami hit and devastated much of Banten. indonesiafoodbank.com
GYFP has also helped a team developing plans to solve NGOs' logistics challenges in Jakarta, the gridlocked capital city with over 10 million inhabitants.
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. GYFP has begun 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.