The issue of food wastage can be overwhelming, and happens in many stages of the life cycle. In order to have the most impact, and create great cultural awareness of these issues, we will tackle food wastage with several different types of programs, which will all fall under the SOS umbrella. In each program we act as labor, logistical, and finical support that links food surplus to communities that can benefit from this often wasted resource.
Our focus with this direct food redistribution program is to gather retail surplus food across Thailand, and provide it, at no cost, to community kitchens in orphanages, women’s shelter, schools, temples, churches, and refugee centers. In these community kitchens we will also provide needed supplies and education in order to ensure the safety of re-distributed surplus food to individuals in need. For our retailers, aside from appropriately using their surplus to make them responsible corporate citizens, SOS will also support in training and equipment to ensure the food donated meets all health and safety standards and regulations.
Golden Soil Composting
Not all surplus is fit for human consumption. In efforts to keep this type of waste from our landfills, complete the life-cycle, and lower Co2 emissions, SOS is running a medium-scale composting program. Inedible food waste from our retail partners, is delivered to a foundation farm where it is broken down, and then turned to compost, through the natural process of vermiculture. This enriched soil will then be used to support the farms production of high quality organic produce, which will be provided to communities in need at no cost.
This program will focus on community education of the importance of food and nutrition, while enhancing the urban landscaping and turning wasted space into productive space. Based on micro-loan concept, SOS will provide schools and communities with everything they need to start their own urban edible garden and small-scale vermiculture compost. We will support with education and training, equipment, and constant volunteers to help keep these gardens going and producing. The food produced in these gardens will be donated or sold based on the individual community needs.