• New Taipei

Surplus Food Network progresses with focus on Summer Universiade

Saving over 50,000 kilograms food and produce over the past six months, the Surplus Food Network implemented by New Taipei City government anticipate expanding influence on the upcoming Taipei Summer Universiade by holding a food saving camp this August.

“The next milestone for the Food Surplus Network is to hold a food saving camp with the Taiwan Citizen Participation Association during the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade,” said Mr. Chieh-Yu Lin, the Director General of Secretariat. “We will invite athletes all over the world to participate in this camp, introducing some of the best Taiwanese foods and educating the athletes to take the concept of food saving into actions.”

Besides, Dr. Jin-li Chang, the Commissioner of New Taipei Social Welfare Department, indicated that with cross-sector partnership among the City Government, the Surplus Food Network has led to a fruitful outcome over the past six months. More than 50,000 kilograms of the ugly produce have been sent to local communities and social welfare institutions, and it is estimated that the number will reach 120,000 kilograms by the end of the year.

Various policies have also been developed to reduce food waste. The Department of Education has encouraged students to finish their lunchbox every day since it is estimated that one student can save 57 grams of food per meal on average. The Department of Environmental Protection has also counselled supermarkets, wholesales, fast-food restaurants and all-you-can–eat restaurants in an attempt to cut 80 tons of leftovers every year.

Recognized by the Metropolis Pilot Projects 2017, the Surplus Food Network has received 26,000 euros (NTD$895,000) earlier this year. New Taipei City successfully outsmarts 12 other cities and become the only Asian city to be selected in the Pilot Projects 2017, while the other five granted projects are two from Barcelona, one from Brussels, Berlin and Montevideo.

“The jury of the Pilot Projects 2017 complimented the Surplus Food Network on its multidimensional approach,” said Mr. Chieh-Yu Lin. “They believe that this program can be a great practice to work with other metropolis members, especially with cities like Buenos Aires, Medellín and São Paulo since they also submitted a similar project addressing food waste.”