Malnutrition affects people in every country, and the number of undernourished people is on the rise. Today, more than 820 million people, or about one in nine people, suffer from hunger. Unhealthy diets have become a leading risk factor for diseases and deaths worldwide.
To fight the increasing health risks of malnutrition, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) founded World Food Day. The global observation is celebrated every year on October 16 to raise awareness and take action for those who suffer from hunger and other forms of malnutrition. World Food Day’s goal of #ZeroHunger focuses on feeding the hungry and promoting nourishment through healthy diets while maintaining the health of the planet.
In 2019, various hotels under Shangri-La Group participated in and hosted World Food Day programs to raise awareness about malnourishment.
Colleagues from Shangri-La Al Husn Resort & Spa and Shangri-La Barr Al Jissah Resort & Spa teamed up for the third annual food cart race at LuLu Hypermarket in Darsait. Competing with teams from hospitality groups in the area, the Shangri-La team raced through the store to fill its cart with as much food as possible in 10 minutes. At the end of the race, the teams packaged and donated 240 boxes of food to the Dar Al Atta Charity Association, which assists underprivileged families in Oman.
Along with the food donations, the event raised OMR6,092 (about USD15,823) for the Dar All Atta Charity Association. The Shangri-La team contributed OMR1,470 (about USD3,818) of the funds raised.
In partnership with Food Bank Singapore, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort & Spa, Singapore, Hotel Jen Orchardgateway Singapore and Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore invited over 250 seniors and children from underprivileged communities to buffets at their all-day dining restaurants and event spaces. This was followed by fun games and activities.
Throughout the Feed the City week, our Singapore properties partnered with TangoTab to provide meals to Food Bank Singapore beneficiaries. Through TangoTab, diners check in at restaurants through the app. For every check in, TangoTab donates funds to a charitable organization that is dedicated to fight hunger.
Singapore’s Feed the City program calculated 5,000 check-ins, which will provide 5,000 meals to underprivileged community members over the next year.
Twenty colleagues from Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius donated meals to over 90 underprivileged community members in Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius.
“Smiles and even tears of joy warmed our hearts,” said Jessen Soopramanien, assistant communications manager at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius. “One man, who was clearly moved, sang a song for us.”
Chefs from Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines hosted a cooking demonstration for 23 families at the Yapak Daycare Center. Chefs taught participants how to make various healthy dishes using simple techniques and affordable ingredients.
Also in the Philippines, Makati Shangri-La, Manila partnered with MNL Growkits to launch its in-house herb garden on World Food Day. In three years, the growing garden will supply ingredients used in the hotel kitchens.
In partnership with the Emmanuel Foundation YE Food Rescue Programme, 14 colleagues from Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta collected food from over 35 hotels and restaurants. Volunteers delivered the food to the Bintara – Bekasi community, where over 70 underprivileged families live.
“The Food Rescue Programme is committed to helping provide food and a healthier diet to hungry and malnourished people in the scavenger communities in and around Jakarta,” said a representative of the Emmanuel Foundation YE Food Rescue Programme. Since August 2003, the program has rescued over 401,300 kilograms of food, which providing meals to over 1,410,600 individuals.
Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong donated 150 kilograms of food to the Foodlink Foundation, a local charitable organization that is dedicated to fighting hunger and reducing food waste in hotels and restaurants in Hong Kong.
“While reducing hunger, we also aim to reduce the pressure on our city’s landfills,” said Meanne Dizerens-Lau, senior manager, brands in Hong Kong.
Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou colleagues viewed educational videos to learn about how to minimize food waste followed by a question and answer session and healthy lunch.
“The activities helped staff recognize the importance of food and learn tips on how to minimize food waste,” said Kris Zheng, assistant communications manager at Shangri-La Hotel, Fuzhou.
Shangri-La Hotel, Wuhan organized a Clear Your Plate activity, which encouraged colleagues to minimize food waste by finishing their plates of food at the staff canteen.
Shangri-La Hotel, Baotou also hosted a Clear Your Plate activity to reduce food waste.
Traders Hotel Fudu, Changzhou encouraged colleagues to reduce food waste by clearing their plates at the staff canteen and spreading awareness among staff and guests.
During lunch in the staff Lotus Lounge, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto colleagues celebrated by playing a game called, “What are you really eating?” Colleagues matched popular junk food items with their respective correct calorie count, which showed them how many calories they are consuming daily. Different departments worked together in teams to complete the activity. After the activity, the hotel’s culinary team prepared a healthy lunch for colleagues to enjoy.
Thank you to our colleagues around the world who raised awareness about malnutrition on World Food Day.