18 Nov 2015: South China Morning Post reports: number of elderly in Asia is expected to reach over 500 million by year 2030. In Hong Kong, due to the high costs of living as well as lack of adequate social security, only 20% said they are able to cover the costs of taking care of their aging parents
2 Nov 2015: Our hearts break for the elderly who passed away in the nursing homes we have been visiting. Rest in peace, grandmas. We hope we brought you joy and comfort during your times on earth. Love
27 Oct 2015: Such a blessing today to meet several elderly: 93, 95, 97 and 103 years old, still alert and able to savour the pastries and breads we brought for them! God bless the aged!
10 Oct 2015: Hong Kong’s Audit Commission says the Environmental Protection Department (EPD)’s actions in the past few years have proved insufficient to effectively reduce food waste. In its Food Waste Plan for Hong Kong 2014-2022, the EPD targets to reduce food waste by 40% in year 2022. The Audit Commission reported that only 4 of the 12 government departments have signed up to join the initiative, and EPD has failed its public tender to build waste treatment facilities in Northern Lantau Island. The Housing Department and Food Hygiene Department have yet to set their own targets for food waste reduction.
20th Sept 2015: God bless the tenacious elderly working hard even on Sundays, in fruit markets and flea markets
15th Sept 2015: Ushering the Mid Autumn festival end of this month, we have been distributing moon cakes to elderly picking cardboards and working in outdoor wet markets. Their smiles of gratitude and sparkle on their eyes are priceless!
12th Sept 2015: We are grateful to receive over 300 donated moon cakes: all low sugar, and some vegetarian (no lard), making them a healthier choice for elderly!
1st Sept 2015: It is the time of the year that we countdown to Mid Autumn Festival and ask for donated leftover moon cakes that many receive as gifts and have surplus beyond their consumption. We also encourage consumers to recycle the lavish boxes and containers and be kind to our environment
7th August 2015: We thank friends and supporters who sent us Supermarket vouchers and bread coupons for our onward distribution to low income families and the elderly picking cardboards for a living. Such supplements truly go a long way to help the marginalized
12th July 2015: We are filled with gratitude, for our faithful donors, volunteers and the recipients, who accept our visits and care. It is truly a blessing to give!
20th June 2015: we are heartbroken to spot a little girl (perhaps two years old) homeless with her mother, sleeping on the side street in a difficult area amongst drug addicts. Mercy O Lord!
15th May 2015: during the week of Mother’s Day, we prepared special gift packs for the elderly women in nursing homes as well as single mothers in challenging situations. There were much joy and smiles!
1st May 2015: Labour Day, we salute especially those elderly still working on this public holiday, picking cardboards and working in wet markets selling vegetables.
7th April 2015: Over the years we occasionally receive heartfelt letters and messages from recipients, thanking us for the bread of life. While we deliberately stay low key, turning down many media exposure of interviews and publicity, such letters often encouraged us. There is a particular letter from an elderly home that reads: “Thank you for the years of caring visits, the elderly feel loved and warmth. They enjoy the delicious breads and pastries. May God continue to bless you with greater strength and grace as you give so much love.” *tears*
3rd April 2015: There is no greater love, than to lay down one’s life for friends. – John 15:13
15th March 2015: We have been ministering to women in clandestine trade in red light district. We come not to judge, but with the love of Christ. We learnt that like all of us, these ladies need love and care. Some of them are under the bondages of human trafficking with untold pain; others are single mothers with heavy financial burden. We pray for healing and restoration.
25th Feb 2015: During Lunar New Year festivities, we gave out laisee packs (containing supermarket vouchers) to low income families and elderly doing hard labour. We also brought some Chinese New Year goodies like nian gao and snacks to celebrate with the frail and lonely elderly in nursing homes.
19th Feb 2015: Blessed Lunar New Year! This is the Year of the Lamb; Jesus is our sacrificial lamb. He is also our good shepherd, and knows all his sheep.
3rd Feb 2015: “my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labour in the Lord is not in vain.” —1 Corinthians 15:58
17th Jan 2015: We give thanks to friends who sent us Supermarket vouchers which we distribute to low income families and the homeless. These are practical gifts, much needed to survive with the high cost of living
1st Jan 2015: Blessed New Year full of joy, peace and love! We are grateful to God, the bread donors, volunteers and prayer warriors, for the years of support. Can you believe Giving Bread on its 6th Year? WOW!
27th Dec 2014: We received many donated leftover Christmas cakes from hotels such as pantenone, which are much welcomed by the homeless and elderly! Reduce waste, feed the marginalized
15th Dec 2014: As we count down to Christmas, we organized special events such as Christmas caroling, gingerbread cookies and Christmas delights, for our visits to several elderly homes. Families and their young children joined in the volunteering, bringing much joy to the lonely and frail
23rd Nov 2014: We pray for the homeless and the elderly working outdoors in the colder weather, particularly during rainy nights
11th Nov 2014: We are encouraged by regular volunteers bringing their colleagues to join in the act of giving care during lunchtimes… an effective and meaningful way of spending an hour or so during lunch break, helping us collect and distribute breads to the needy!
25th Oct 2014: South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong govt has approved to build the city’s first organic-waste treatment plant, a HK$1.6 billion project in Lantau island
22nd Oct 2014: During regular bread distribution to the street sleepers, noticed that a homeless friend had just passed away. His fellow homeless buddies put up an altar with donated food in remembrance of him. He is in his mid 40s. RIP
2nd Oct 2014: “Seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” – Jeremiah 29:7 We continue to pray fervently for peace in Hong Kong as the city is crippled with tension and stress from road blockages and chaos from the occupy movement
29th Sept 2014: Defend the weak and the fatherless. Uphold the cause of the poor and oppressed. – Psalm 82:3
21st Sept 2014: Sunday Morning Post reports: 64 year old Madam Fok has been a street sweeper in Sham Shui Po for 12 years. She said she had never taken a single day’s sick leave before. However when she developed knee problems a few months ago and applied sick leave (with medical certificate), she was only granted 4 days’ sick leave. She also had never had any annual leave granted in her contract. Everyday she works from 5am for 8.5 hours, clearing garbages and sweeping the dirty streets, making less than US$1,000 per month.
17th September 2014: We visited the street sleepers in the aftermath of Typhoon 8, checking on their well being after the gushing winds and torrential downpour. Bring hearty bread loaves which they wolfed down immediately. Mercy on them!
15th September 2014: We gave thanks to several people who sent us bread/cake redemption vouchers which make such practical and needed gifts to the marginalized.
12th September 2014: We are joyful to learn that some of the street sleepers in Ya Ma Tei area have been assigned shelters by the government! Hallelujah!
8th September 2014: Blessed Mid Autumn festival! We are grateful to donors who sent us mooncake vouchers and mooncakes which we distributed to the hardworking elderly in wet markets and picking cardboards, as well as those living in nursing homes. They truly appreciate these festive delicacies!
1st September 2014: With the approaching Mid Autumn festival, many of the more fortunate may receive too many mooncakes from business associates and families, and we are calling to support our cause of not wasting food and donating the excess to us. Our targeted recipients are the elderly, low income families and homeless.
20th August 2014: Due to the lack of adequate drug rehab centers, we notice that some of the home for the aged (in more challenging areas) have been assigned by the government as a care center for those recovering from addictions including drugs and alcohol. We visited a few of these homes and truly salute the nursing care staff. Bless them!
7th August 2014: Received too many complimentary toiletries from hotel stays and airplane bags? We have collected bags of toothbrushes, soaps, shampoos and bath gel and distributed to the street sleepers, particularly needed during the scotching summer
27th July 2014: The escalating cost of living has not only widened the gap between the rich and the poor, it has also forced several of our bread donors (restaurants and bakery stores) to close down, due to the increased rental costs. Devastating!
25th July 2014: Summer heat reaches decade high of 38 degrees celsius and humidity over 95%. Despite this oppressive heat, many of the elderly living in small low-income housing estates prefer to sit outdoors during the day, as their cubicle-homes are oven baked. We brought donated pastries (scones, apricot danish, muffins) to those sitting the parks or on concrete floors under some shades, and gave them a surprise picnic!
12th July 2014: Breaking the healthy bread loaves and feeding the elderly in nursing homes is one of our favourite activities! Love is action. We also believe in the healing nourishing power of the Bread of Life!
7th July 2014: CNN reported that Hong Kong’s dire state of housing: hundreds of thousands live in cramped shared compartments; a family of 3-4 lives in space no larger than a king-sized bed. Over 240,000 applicants on waitlist for additional public housing spots of a mere 20,000
4th July 2014: Always joyful to give breads and chit-chat with the 70+ year old man whom we have befriended for a few years. He runs an outdoor small stall doing little steel work repairs. At nights he would pick empty cans and newspapers from garbage bins to sell for extra pennies. Bless him!
2nd July 2014: We welcome our newest bread donor Passion by Gerard Dubois in TST, Kowloon. Thank you so much!
26th June 2014: In traditional Chinese wedding culture, the bride and groom will typically insert cake vouchers with the wedding invitations to guests. So often though, the guests forget to redeem these cake vouchers beyond the expiry dates. We are grateful to dear friend CK who collected this huge batch of cake/bread vouchers from friends and then sent to us, supporting our mission of reducing waste and helping the needy. We are particularly touched by the handwritten encouraging words. Thank you for your friendship and love!
15th June 2014: Happy Father’s Day! The week leading to this day honouring fathers, fathers-to-be and grandfathers, we focussed more efforts on distributing breads to male residents in nursing homes as well as the unsung heroes working hard outdoors. We also did some simple arm and leg exercises with the aged in nursing homes, with the hope to increase blood flow as many suffer from swollen feet and weak joints.
9th June 2014: Finished meeting with a global bakery chain of artisan high end breads (they are in nearly 40 cities!). They confessed that they discarded their unsold breads daily. Pray that they will consider donating these leftovers to us. This is the second time persuading them
26th May 2014: This heartfelt story is inspiring. There is a homeless man who lives in a mountain heap of garbage in a very rough neighborhood. His make-shift home of canvas and cardboards in unique because he has erected a huge wooden cross in front. For the past few years, our communication has been through tiny holes in the canvas wall and packs of bread dropped off. No need to say more, just words of blessings and hello’s. But today, he came out of his cocoon, and shared his story. He is 67 years old (he looks like he is 40+, which is remarkable given the destitution he is living). He shared that he has accepted Christ and whenever he is anxious or sad, he will cry out to God at night! He said that the various “garbages” he had collected are treasure to him, e.g. “This broken bicycle! I fixed it and I resell it for good money!”.
So proud of him. Proud to call him a friend. Proud to be inspired by him as a hero. ”Cast all your anxieties on me, for I care for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
24th May 2014: Grateful to a donor who contributed savoury rice dumplings for distribution to the elderly in the nursing homes and working on the streets, celebrating the approaching Dragon Boat festival.
18th May 2014: The people who influence us the most are not those who detain us with their continual talk, but those who live their lives like the stars in the sky and “the lilies of the field”— simply and unaffectedly. Those are the lives that mold and shape us. – Oswald Chambers
3th May 2014: We are grateful to a group of families (parents with young children) who volunteered with us in our performance of Cantonese Mother-themed songs to over 300 elderly in two nursing homes, celebrating the approaching Mother’s Day. One family even carried a heavy electronic piano for the performance! We also shared 6 large boxes of donated muffins, fruit tarts and pastries (thanks for Four Seasons Hotel) with the elderly, who enjoyed the sweets while watching the performance. Happy success!
2nd May 2014: In addition to our usual bread distribution, we war able to distribute hotel style mini soap bars to the street sleepers and homeless, particularly needed as the weather turns warm and humid.
1st May 2014: Many of the elderly continue to work, despite being Labour Day public holiday. Thanks to Novotel Hotel, we received a bag of bananas that were too ripe for its kitchen, but perfect for the elderly with less than robust teeth. Not to mention bananas are full of potassium and fiber!
20th April 2014: Joyful Easter, the Lord Jesus has risen! ”Running Bread” raced in the 118th Boston marathon wearing Giving Bread logo, spreading the message of love and compassion, particularly fitting in Boston as the year of restoration and healing in the aftermath of bombings last year. We pray for peace. ”There is no fear in perfect love.” – 1 John 4:18
13th April 2014: Blessed Palm Sunday, a week before Easter! Much appreciation abound as we distributed supermarket vouchers and bread redemption coupons to the male and female residents of a homeless shelter which we have been visiting for nearly 4 years. Several of them are ill with terminal diseases, while some are new immigrations. We did a prayer with them, and shared words of blessings.
30th March 2014: Hong Kong experienced one of the scariest rainstorms, with hailstones (ice pellets) the size of golf balls, winds over 100kmh, and black storm piercing through roofs of a shopping mall, and floods recorded in several subway stations. Our prayers go to the street sleepers, and several homeless friends have their belongings all washed out from the underpass and sidewalks where they call home.
24th March 2014: We are grateful to Havilogistics, which has been helping us in one of our route on transportation for bread collection and distribution. Its CEO, Bill O’Brien, is an avid car racer, and he carried Giving Bread logo on his race car, raising awareness to our cause of reducing food waste and feeding the needy. He came in first in Zhuhai, China, in the Pan Delta Super Racing Festival! We are so thrilled!
2nd March 2014: Our Founder ran in the Ultra Caballo Blanco race, wearing Giving Bread bib, in the remote Copper Canyon of Mexico. This ultra marathon race with the famous Tarahumara tribes, who was catapulted to super athlete status from the book “Born to Run”.
14th Feb 2014: Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥ We celebrated love by bringing delicious cakes and pastries for the aged living in nursing homes, reminding them that God is love and Jesus loves them.
5th Feb 2014: Continuing the Chinese New Year festivities, we visit many elderly in nursing homes, in low income housing housing estates and the homeless, bringing packs of goodies, as well as Chinese New Year red packs (“lai lee) filled with bread/cake vouchers, with the mission to bring joy and blessings
1st Feb 2014: WOW! 2nd day of Chinese New Year, and we are blessed that over 20 friends and families from our bible study came to join us to collect 60 kg of donated breads, and distribute to the elderly sitting in public parks and in old folks’ homes. What a beautiful way to usher the Year of the Horse!
31st Jan 2014: “Their horses are swifter than leopards And keener than wolves in the evening. Their horsemen come galloping, Their horsemen come from afar; They fly like an eagle swooping down to devour.” – Habakkuk 1:8
A prosperous Chinese New Year celebrating Year of the Horse, full of abundance in health and wealth!
26th Jan 2014: Preparing festive words of blessings as well as Chinese New Year packs of goodies for distribution!
20th Jan 2014: It is heartbreaking to know that majority of the elderly staying in nursing homes will celebrate the approaching Chinese New Year in the nursing homes, and not with relatives and families. Their children will not even consider taking their aging parents back home for a few days to enjoy the important Chinese New Year festivities. The remaining elderly are those who have been abandoned by families. Not sure which case is more devastatingly sad. This spurs us to drum up more joyful visits to them
7th Jan 2014: Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men – Col 3:23
2nd Jan 2014: Had a long chat with a homeless man (“Mr. H”) who stays in a homeless shelter. Mr. H is 68 years old and suffered from a stroke, and late stage lung cancer. He spent all his savings on medical fees, and now he is forced to move to a homeless shelter. His wife stays in the adjacent female shelter while his 40+ year old son stays on the top bunker bed above his. Despite living on shoe string budget, he has a grateful heart to The Lord and told numerous stories of how compassionate doctors waive their fees to operate on him, and how he and his family are blessed recipients of prayers and kindness. What a sunshine in this cold night! What hope in the otherwise desperate situation! Let’s start 2014 with a grateful heart. Be blessed.
1st Jan 2014: A New Year prayer of blessings and abundance for our bread donors, volunteers, supporters and friends! May 2014 bring clearer direction, smoother paths, more laughters and genuine relationships!
28th Dec 2013: We are so encouraged by many volunteers bringing their children with them to give love and care. Love is contagious – these families are also bringing other family friends to volunteer with us! Lovely!
26th Dec 2013: Boxing day! We received donated hand-made cake pops which we distributed, together with some hot meals, to the homeless staying in a street sleeper shelter as well as the hardworking elderly picking cardboards and working in wet markets even during public holidays
25th Dec 2013: For unto us a child is born… He shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace – Isaiah 9:6
24th Dec 2013: We continued our distribution of Christmas packs of gingerbreads, cookies, and many delectable goodies. These packs were specially packed with colourful ribbons, with the hope to bring joy to the less fortunate recipients including street sleepers and elderly in nursing homes
23rd Dec 2013: We hosted a small Christmas party with donated pastries in a rehab home for the mentally disabled. The residents and care staff were delighted to receive Christmas packs of assorted candies and cookies; many savoured them immediately!
21st Dec 2013: An eventful day of Christmas givings! We collected 20kg of breads and distributed to a large group of elderly in a public market in Sham Shui Po. We also distributed Christmas gifts to children of single parent and broken families. We visited several elderly homes and two homeless shelters, in addition to giving Christmas packs to the street sleepers
20th Dec 2013: Wonderful to offer pastries, pantenone cakes and Christmas goodies for a Christmas party for children from single parent and low income families in Tuen Mun area
19th Dec 2013: Prepared pretty Christmas packs (gingerbread, festive cookies) for distribution to the needy as well as Christmas presents for the staff working for our bread donors, nursing homes and homeless shelters
16th Dec 2013: We hosted a small Christmas party in a all-female care home for the mentally challenged, with scones and pastries donated by our weekly donor Peninsula Hotel. We also prepared little Christmas packs of candies, chocolates and cookies for the patients, which brought them much laughs and joy! We pray for healing for their mental ailments. Most of them are victims of family stress and relationship setbacks
14th Dec 2013: We kick-start the spirit of Christmas with Christmas caroling by children from 3 to 14 years old, bringing songs of joy and good news of Christ to the aged living in nursing homes. We also do gospel sharing about the meaning of Christmas to the homeless and elderly
7th Dec 2013: We notice a rise in the number of street sleepers, due to the impossibly high cost of living particularly housing
15th Nov 2013: We are encouraged to have an increase number of parents volunteering with their children on a regular basis
6th Oct 2013: “We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” – Mother Teresa
1st Oct 2013: Medical studies have shown that acts of kindness increase the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a natural chemical in the bodies responsible for uplifting our moods. Kindness is contagious and activates a cascade of positive energies! Happy days!
29th Sept 2013: We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach. If it is encouraging, let him encourage. If it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously. – Romans 12:6-7
17th Sept 2013: During festivities such as Mid Autumn festival, many of us receive too many hampers and moon cakes beyond our consumption. We are calling for everyone to reduce food wastage and donate the excess to us, as the marginalized (particularly the elderly) really appreciate these expensive delicacies. We are thrilled that several people have responded to our plea, and have pooled resources with their office colleagues and friends and sent many leftover mooncakes to us! We are also grateful to donors who sent mooncake vouchers to us, which we gave to low income families and the aged living alone.
9th Sept 2013: For the two weeks ushering the Mid Autumn festivities, we are busy decorating rainbow paper lanterns in nursing homes, bringing fun and colours to their sterile environment. We are distributing mooncakes as well to the needy.
23rd Aug 2013: South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong’s elderly (>65 years old) makes up 1/3 of its population and is among the poorest in developed world. They cannot spend freely as they do not know how long they would have to make their small savings last and whether inflation will reduce their pot. The city lacks basic universal pension for the retired
20th August 2013: We are thrilled to announce our newest bread donor - Bread Elements! It was wonderful to visit the bakery and do a prayer of thanksgiving and blessings for all the talented chefs in this new bakery
3rd August 2013: Happiness is being able to give love through breads and bread vouchers, as well as partnering with a ministry in New Territories that organized an excursion out to Noah’s Ark, a theme park, for 120 parents and children from low income housing estates. Most of them cannot afford to visit many of the city’s sites. What a wonderful day!
24th July 2013: Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:8-10
22nd July 2013: It is more blessed to give than receive – Acts 20:35
SCMP reports that volunteers in social work reported the greatest increases in empathy, as well as improvements in mental health and altruistic and even cardiovascular health
9th July 2013: Today we are so honoured to have our oldest volunteer join us in our bread collection, packing and distribution to a nursing home. Thank you to the amazing 85-year-old uncle Wong from Sabah, Malaysia, who volunteered with his son Kah Shen. Showing love and care for the marginalized and lonely is not limited to age, nationality and background! We are so encouraged!
28th June 2013: South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong’s dead have more space to lie down than some of its living. A small room in Sham Shui Po has been divided into 17 cubicles, measuring 2 feet by 6 feet (compared with an average coffin of 2.3 feet by 7 feet). Rent for each cubicle costs HK$1,500 (US$200), with residents sleeping sideways, legs curled up inorder to fit into the cubicle as part of the bed is used for storing some basic necessities
27th June 2013: “Today it is very fashionable to talk about the poor. Unfortunately, it is not fashionable to talk with them. We need to start talking with them. The poor are my friends and family.” – Mother Teresa
19th June 2013: We are thrilled to announce two new bread donors: Cafe Deadend and Po’s Atelier, in Noho, which donate their leftover artisan breads to us, so these precious breads will not be discarded into the garbage bins but can help feed the marginalized!
21st May 2013: South China Morning Post reports that Hong Kong plans to cut 40% rubbish per person in landfills in less than 10 years. The city state faces challenges as the city’s daily waste per capita is one of the highest. In Hong Kong: 1.36kg waste per person per day; Tokyo: 0.77kg; Seoul: 0.95kg
17th May 2013: as we usher in summer, the punishing hot and humid weather has caused the street sleepers much agony as several were plagued with bites from mosquitoes, termites and maggots
28th March 2013: Have a blessed Good Friday and Easter Sunday, celebrating Lord Jesus Christ has risen! We are doing Easter story telling with colourful pictorial Chinese illustrations during our bread distribution to nursing homes, with hope of showing, physically through breads and spiritually through Jesus, the bread of life!
27th March 2013: We are so grateful to our latest donor La Rose Noire Bakery in ThreeSixty Supermarket store in Elements Mall, West Kowloon, for donating hearty bread loaves (wholewheat, soft buns, raisin walnut breads etc) that allow us to feed the homeless, low income families and elderly in Mongkok, Sham Shui Po and Yau Ma Tei areas
25th March 2013: We feel so touched by the friendships of residents in street sleepers’ homes who show gratitude for the packs of breads, and that we came in the name of Jesus. Have mercy on them, praying for their health, and that they can find good jobs so they can leave the homeless lives
22nd March 2013: We are thrilled to announce our newest donor CAFFE HABITU, which will be donating pastries and cakes from its numerous restaurants and cafes!
4th March 2013: Financial Times reports that Oxfam said in a study that several banks are “speculating on hunger” through their trading activities in agricultural commodities. Oxfam is conducting investigations on several European banks and insurers to examine the degree to which these institutions speculate in food commodities, resulting in rising global food prices
2nd March 2013: We are excited to be collaborating with Hope of the City to distribute 100 “love packs” (breads and other food goodies) to low income families in Sham Shui Po
1st March 2013: We want to extend our gratitude to our newest bread donor – LRN Bakery in Wellcome Supermarket on Caine Road, Midlevels
20th Feb 2013: Apart from the financial challenges faced by a society of an aging population, the longevity of the elderly averaging 90 means their children are in their 60s, unable to take care of them. This means more care services are needed!
10th Feb 2013: Happy Chinese New Year! Ushering in the Year of the Snake, we continue to distribute breads and pastries to elderly homes, homeless shelters, drug addicts on rehabs, street sleepers and low income families. We also prepare red packets to give to the needy, containing cake and bread vouchers and grocery redemption coupons. We are so grateful to donors who sent us these cake vouchers during the year that we saved and collected for distribution in this auspicious festivities
27th Jan 2013: South China Morning Post reports that 1/3 of the elderly in Hong Kong lives below poverty line!
25th Jan 2013: We are encouraged by healing and deliverance stories of ex-drug addicts and street sleepers whom we have become friends for several years, distributing breads and showing care to them. Praise Jesus for He is the bread of life!
19th Jan 2013: South China Morning Post reports that waiting list for government subsided homes for the elderly takes up to 50 years: last month 28,692 people on waiting list for 570 new places rolled out per month. Some 6,000 elderly died per year waiting for the care homes
19th Jan 2013: We are thrilled to kick-start collection today, our newest bread donor: La Rose Noire Bakery in Oliver’s Superstore in Prince Building. We are also so grateful to have a group of 6-7 families who will be in helping in this new cell group, volunteering with spouses and children on Saturday afternoon
25th Dec 2012: Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. – Luke 2:10-11
24th Dec 2012: Our regular donors La Rose Noire bakery in Landmark and Four Seasons Hotel are donating Christmas goodies such as cookies and gingerbreads before they are discarded after the festivities. They make lovely presents for the street sleepers and homeless! Ribbons and special packagings make any lonely sad soul smile
21st Dec 2012: Happy Winter Solstice festival, where the locals celebrate with family dinners, and eat a sweet soup of sticky rice balls (“tang yuan”). Thanks to Burning Lotus Designs Ltd for donating 100 thermal flasks, we prepare piping hot soups and porridge to distribute to the street sleepers, as they have no family dinners to go to, and this season is cold and wet
13th Dec 2012: Many of these 80+ and 90+ year old elderly who still do hard labour to support their livelihood live alone. An observation is that many of them use safety pins when buttons fell off, since their aged eyesights make it impossible for them to do any sewing. Hence a mission in addition to distributing breads is to go around with a sewing kit and mend the clothes of these strong lovely ladies on the spot!
4th Dec 2012: South China morning Post reports that Hong Kong government hopes to cut food waste by 10% in three years. Currently food waste constitutes 40% of the city’s solid waste and most of it are dumped in landfills, which are expensive and this congested city is running out of space
15th Nov 2012: Salute to the numerous 80+ year old elderly women who continue to work in this wet rainy season, picking, dragging and re-selling collected heavy used cardboards for a living. The average daily wage is about HK$ 30 (US$ 3.50), completely inadequate to sustain livelihood in this expensive city. This group is one of our top priority to distribute breads to
15th Oct 2012: According to a report by The Standard, 32.7% of elderly in Hong Kong are afflicted by poverty due to lack of support by their children. An astonishing 54% live alone or just with their spouses
7th Oct 2012: “So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase.” – 1 Corinthians 3:7
We are grateful to Jesus who continues to multiply the number of bread donors. We welcome two new bread donors: La Rose Noire Bakery in 24hour Wellcome in Causeway Bay and La Rose Noire Bakery in Marketplace by Jason in Repulse Bay. Much gratitude to this amazing generous donor who has supported our cause faithfully. Bless them with success and prosperity!
24th September 2012: Festive Waste Management
* As we usher in Mid Autumn festival, please spare a thought on reducing food wastage
* Every year, massive amounts of un-eaten or half eaten moocakes are discarded; yet at the same time, there are marginalized families on tight budgets which cannot afford these traditional mooncakes
* Stress on the environment is also significant due to the lavish packaging of tin boxes, plastic wraps, plastic cartons, cardboards, hampers and wrapping paper
* Such festive waste burdens the landfills and aggravates greenhouse warming due to emission of carbon dioxide from the incineration
12th July 2012: South China Morning Post Cover Story: July 12, 2012 – LEFTOVER REVOLUTION
* some bakery and supermarkets have been deliberately spoiling or contaminating foods before dumping them, to avoid giving the leftovers to charities
* amount of foods discarded everyday is 29 tonnes, 1/3 still edible, enough to feed 150,000 persons everyday
* food wastage from banquets is 2.5 million tables per year of lavish foods
* Giving Bread serves as a conduit, tapping surplus foods from bread donors and give to the poor such as cage homes, street sleepers and elderly homes
* Each bread pack bears a sticker with a bilingual quote from the bible
9th June 2012: home visits to housing estates of single parent families on welfare, often as a result of abandonment by husbands due to alcoholism or physical abuse. Also play events with these children living in marginalized environment
8th June 2012: sent 500 packs of breads and pastries to a neighbourhood care charity based in Tsuen Wan that ministers to the residents there including low income families and recovering triad members and drug addicts
9th May 2012: sweltering summer heat and humidity are suffocating for the street sleepers and homeless, who are found sleeping topless by the side streets and bushes, feeding on scraps from garbage bins. There is much sadness in the dark nights of this glittering city
7th May 2012: we visited a caring center for the mentally disabled persons. Average age is 22, only female residents. Some are born with the mental problems; others as a result of depression or trauma or excessive drug use
7th May 2012: we welcome our newest donor – The Kowloon Hotel in Tsim Sha Shui. Today we kick-started the weekly collection from their lobby coffee corner with two full bags of sponge cakes (perfect for the elderly!), danish and croissants. Big thank you!
13th April 2012: We are so blessed to receive wholesome home-made cake pops from a donor, which we distributed to a street sleeper shelter consisting of 80 residents
8th April 2012: He is risen, just as He said. – Matthew 28:6 Happy Easter! During the holy week, we were blessed by volunteers taking their families (spouses and children) with them on the visits to elderly and nursing homes. Its so encouraging to see love in action and charity giving starting young.
23rd March 2012: two more weeks to Good Friday. We begin our Easter countdown by preparing a story book and making fun interactive presentations to the elderly people and homeless about the meaning of Good Friday and Easter. The presentation kits are in Chinese, colourful and pictorial with the aim for easy understanding of the gospel even for the illiterate
14th Feb 2012: to spread the message of love on Valentine’s Day, we bought candies and chocolates and packed them into sweet “love packs” and distributed to the residents of a street sleepers’ shelter. Each pack carries the message: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, it keeps no record of wrongs.” – 1 Cor 13:4-5
“愛 是 恆 久 忍 耐 ， 又 有 恩 慈 ； 愛 是 不 嫉 妒 ； 愛 是 不 自 誇 ， 不 張 狂 ， 不 計 算 人 的 惡” – 歌 林 多 前 書 13:4-5
27th Jan 2012: one of our mission is to identify and give breads to the elderly picking up garbages and used cardboards for a living. Our observation is average age is over 80 years old, female, living alone. Daily income is HK$ 30 (US$ 3.50)
23rd Jan 2012: Year of the Dragon! Chinese New Year is particularly important to Chinese, where families and relatives reunite for feasting, home visits, and giving out money packs. It is humbling and sobering when we visited the Street Sleepers shelters where the homeless had no family celebrations to go to, and were freezing in the nights which had been cold and damp
26th Dec 2011: “He will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” – Isaiah 9:6
25th Dec 2011: “I bring you good news that will cause great joy. Today a saviour has been born; He is Christ the Lord” – Luke 2:10-11
24th Dec 2011: Christmas Eve’s large volunteer event. Praise the Lord! Over 50 volunteers (adults and children) signed up for the event. We were able to distribute 200 Christmas presents (breads and cookies) to two elderly homes in Kowloon, as well as the people sitting in the cold in public parks in Yau Ma Tei. We sang Christmas carols indoors and outdoors, hoping to bring joy to everyone. It was an amazing experience
23rd Dec 2011: We sent 180 packs of Christmas goodies with (special Christmas packaging and messages) to Neighbourhood Care Foundation in Tsuen Wan, New Territories, to minister to low income/single parent families, homeless and broken families. We also distributed Christmas goodies to the vulnerables on suicide watch, drug addicts, triads and sex workers
19th Dec 2011: We had our first Christmas caroling – three of our wonderful volunteers took their children aged 5 to 6 on our regular Monday lunchtime visits to two elderly homes and the adorable and courageous children sang Christmas songs to the grandpas and grandmas there. So super CUTE!
15th Dec 2011: Many thanks to King’s Bakery store in Happy Valley as our newest bread donor!
8th Dec 2011: We are thankful that Classified restaurant has been donating wholesome breads from its Star Street and Hollywood Road stores. Now it confirmed that it will also be donating breads, croissants and muffins from its newer stores in Happy Valley and Tai Hang Road. We are thrilled by this extended partnership in the common mission of reducing waste and showing care for the underprivileged. Thank you!
11th November 2011: A simple meal with love is better than a feast where there is hatred. – Proverbs 15:17
20th October 2011: We welcome our youngest volunteer to date: 5-year-old Nicholas, who visited an elderly home in Kowloon with his mum Germaine, after helping to pack bread buns and croissants into individual packages. Act of giving and showing care starts young! We are so encouraged
24th September 2011: We welcome a new hotel bread donor – Novotel Hotel Nathan Road Kowloon
14th September 2011: Do you know that the amount of food thrown away from banquets in Hong Kong has risen by 300% in the past decade? Rice discarded at landfills last year alone was enough to feed half a million people
13th September 2011: According to a survey by environmental protection group Green Power, over two million mooncakes are discarded every year in Hong Kong, enough to cover 25 basketball courts
11th September 2011: Happy Mid-Autumn Festival! We are immensely grateful to the generosity of Kee Wah Bakery for donating 25,000 pieces of mooncakes which we distribute to over 200 elderly homes and homeless shelters
18th August 2011: According to a study by Oxfam, one in six poor families in Hong Kong are frequently hungry and their lives are made even bleaker by rising food prices. Many of the children said they only had dinner once every 3 nights. “We did not expect such a situation would emerge in Hong Kong”, said Oxfam at the shocking findings. The households in the state of “low food security” spent at least 40% of their income on food (compared with 20% for average households). 81% of poor families ate leftover or past-its-use expired food.
12th August 2011: Today we are excited at the collaboration with Bank Julius Baer Hong Kong that has initiated to its staff a ”Bring a loaf of breads to work today” to give to the needy and neglected. The staff responded with compassionate hearts and donated 300 packs of breads to Sham Shui Po area where we distributed to two locations: an Association for the homeless and cages homes, and an elderly home with two locations (100 frail elderly living in its Home in Sham Shui Po and 200 elderly in Kwai Chung, New Territories)
9th August 2011: Here are findings based on recent survey by the Hong Kong Research Association on children from families on welfare or subsidies: 12% simply want a birthday cake but parents could not afford; 60% has never been to The Peak; 63% could not afford special foods during festivities such as Mid Autumn’s mooncakes; 34% need a computer; 55% hope to visit the HK Space Museum one day
8th August 2011: Crowded cage homes made Sham Shui Po district with the highest tuberculosis rate in Hong Kong. Average summer temperature inside the cramped compartments could reach 41 degrees celsius, 10 degrees more than outdoors. Dwellers use wet towels to cover their heads and sleep on dirty floors – SCMP 8 Aug 2011
2nd August 2011: South China Morning Post reports that sales of fish and poultry fell for a third consecutive month in June (15.2% in volume) as local consumers cut down on food and basic items due to rising inflation. However mainland tourists continued to splurge on luxury items such as electronics, jewelleries and expensive handbags (up 28.8% year-on-year in value in June). This imported spending power is driving up Hong Kong rents to one of the world’s highest. The HK Retail Management Association expressed concern at this growing spending gap and that they have “never seen a trend like this in the past decade”.
26th July 2011: visits to homeless shelters left us with good impression. Many are well run by charitable organizations such as Street Sleepers’ Shelter Society, Christian Concern for Homeless Association and Salvation Army. The facilities are typically opened only after 6pm for sleepover and residents must vacate by 9am the following morning for sanitation and cleaning. The bunker beds are clean and airy; however there may not be adequate beds available for the homeless population as cost of living rises
12th July 2011: giving breads are important to nourish our bodies but we believe spiritual well-being are perhaps even more pertinent. Apart from the encouraging notes we print on each pack of breads, we like to engage in games and activities with the elderly such as drawings, story telling, excursions etc. Some of the larger elderly homes have simple exercise equipments to work on finger and arm muscles
1st June 2011: to celebrate Dragon Boat Festival (Tuen Ng Festival), we are giving out rice dumplings in addition to our distribution of breads, thanks to generous individual donors!
21st April 2011: Holy Week – Special bread distribution together with story telling at elderly home about the meaning of Good Friday and Easter Sunday
19th April 2011: We are grateful to Kee Wah Bakery being our latest bread donor! Founded in 1938, Kee Wah Bakery has grown from a small grocery shop to thousands of shops in Hong Kong, China, North America, Japan etc. Kee Wah’s commitment to Giving Bread extends not only DAILY donation of breads and pastries, but also offering free delivery of their goodies to our volunteer’s collection point! We are overwhelmed!
12th April 2011: A very big THANK YOU to our generous donor Allan Cheung who donated 60,000 specially printed plastic bags which are used for packaging the breads (the scripture words are now directly printed on the plastic)
7th April 2011: we are grateful to a new bread donor: Novotel Century Hotel, which also wrote about their charitable acts for Giving Bread in WOM
1st April 2011: Giving Bread mentioned in Opinion Column “Do We Care for the Less Fortunate?” in Baccarat magazine April 2011
20th March 2011: Giving Bread featured in Cuisine & Wine Asia Volume 13 Issue 11
18th March 2011: Praise the Lord for a miraculous harvest! In one week, we usher in several new donors: 5 hotels, 2 restaurants and 1 bakery!
Hotels: Harbour Grand Kowloon in Hunghom; Regal Kowloon Hotel in TST East; Intercontinental Grand Stanford Hotel in TST East, ; Harbour Plaza in Quarry Bay and Harbour Grand HK in North Point.
Restaurants: FINDS, the only Nordic restaurant in Pearl Delta River area; and Sevva, a classy restaurant in Central with 360 degree view of HK skyline.
Bakery: La Rose Noire extended one more store (in addition to the Landmark’s ThreeSixty store) for our collection: Marketplace by Jason in the new iSquare mall in TST Kowloon
10th March 2011: Giving Bread featured in Hong Kong Chef Newsletter Issue 103 Feb/March 2011
8th March 2011: We welcome 4 new bread donors: the pristine Peninsula Hotel; a boutique hotel Lanson Place, a neighbourhood local bakery Four Season Dessert & Bread Shop in Sheung Wan and 208 Duecento Otto, an Italian restaurant
15th Feb 2011: Hong Kong’s 2010 GDP per capita is US$ 45,000, ahead of Switzerland, Germany and Japan. Its gap between rich and poor is the HIGHEST in the world, according to United Nations Development Program
During major festivities like Chinese New Year, neglected and lonely people especially the elderly are particularly vulnerable to depression and suicides. Overwhelmed with compassion, Giving Bread distributed breads, Nian Gao and lai see packs almost everyday for two weeks during Chinese New Year holiday period. Visited cage homes, elderly homes, elderly housing estates, homeless shelters and nursery centers. Also gave bread and laisee packs to elderly sitting in the cold in the public parks and outdoor areas.
Giving Bread featured in WOM Guide.
Received the largest donation from a single donor: >3,000 croissants from FB Solutions, thanks to the boss Etienne Gad! They were given to elderly homes in Shatin, Yuen Long, Sham Shui Po and various elderly nursery care centers in New Territories.
Several new bread donors came on board including several major restaurant groups. Praise the Lord!
Giving Bread invited to a radio show with renowned pastry Chef and author Gregoire Michaud to talk about how to reduce food wastage in Hong Kong and help feed the needy. Chef Gregoire gave Giving Bread her first professional bread cutting knife! Thank you!
Special Christmas message and packaging for Christmas goodies for the elderly. Breads and cookies. Out of town friends on holidays here volunteered in distribution.
Visited cage home. Witnessed first-hand how humans live in conditions much worse than domestic dogs, and yet the rents are the highest per square foot in Hong Kong, possibly even the world! Heart broken and grieved at the plight of these poor neglected elderly.
Discussion with Four Seasons Hotel for its donation of breads and pastries to Giving Bread! Credit goes to Pastry Chef Gregoire Michaud for believing in it and pushing all the red tapes to make it happened!
Founder of Giving Bread went on solo distributions of breads to housing estates and public parks in Shau Kei Wan. Apprehensive in the beginning, but very humbled and emotional after the distribution. To receive is humility.