Centara to distribute surplus food to the needy

In August, Centara Hotels & Resorts will begin donating surplus food from its Centara Grand hotels at CentralWorld and Ladprao

Centara supports Thai Harvest
Centara supports Thai Harvest

Thailand's Centara Hotels & Resorts will participate in an operation that collects and distributes surplus food to benefit people in need, starting this August.

The operation, ThaiHarvest|SOS is a joint initiative with OzHarvest, the Australian organisation that has established the 'Food Rescue' model which is being adopted around the world, and the Thai Foundation Scholars of Sustenance (SOS).

The programme’s mission is to eliminate hunger and food waste through the re-distribution of quality surplus food. Experts estimate as much as a third of food produced for human consumption is wasted in the transport, distribution, and preparation supply chain.

In August, Centara Hotels & Resorts will begin donating surplus food from its Centara Grand hotels at CentralWorld and Ladprao. Eventually it hopes for all its Thailand properties to participate.

These main two properties will also arrange an event called a 'Master Class Dinner'. It will be led by Will Stewart and Steve Flood, winners of Australia’s The Seven Network’s My Kitchen Rules Australia in 2015. and known as chefs who support OzHarvest campaigns and now ThaiHarvestISOS.

"As we prepare food for our guests, unavoidably at the end of each day we have surplus – for example, bakery items or excess from a large banquet," said Centara corporate director of food and beverage Winfried Hancke. "It is a shame to let this food go to waste when there are so many people who could benefit from it."

Begun in Australia 14 years ago, the OzHarvest rescue and redistribution system is now being replicated in the UK, South Africa, New Zealand, Peru, Indonesia and Vietnam. In Thailand, ThaiHarvestISOS picks up good quality surplus food daily from participating supermarkets, hotels, food courts, restaurants and other businesses. Trained inspectors sort the food and assure its safety. Food no longer fit for human consumption is taken to local farms for composting. The rest is refrigerated and delivered to the needy.

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