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.