Local restaurant joins global food donation program Harvest
KFC Malta are proud to announce their commitment to join hundreds of local KFC sites around the world by participating in Harvest, the world’s first-ever prepared food donation program.
Through Harvest, KFC Malta is donating surplus food product to St Patrick’s Salesian School in Sliema, who will repurpose the donated food to create protein- and nutrient-rich meals for the boys in their care. St Patrick’s Salesian School offers care and education to children and young persons who need specific support usually due to their family situation.
“The Harvest program is a simple method for donating items we cannot sell to people in need,” said Kurt Micallef, Business Manager at Food Chain Limited. “We are so proud of the way our team members have responded to this program, and we are thrilled to work with KFC stores around the world as we tackle the issues of food waste and hunger.”
When participating in Harvest, restaurant team members package unsold and wholesome food into approved containers and store the product safely in the restaurant’s freezer. With assistance from Food Donation Connection, each restaurant is partnered with a local charity and coordinates a weekly pickup schedule while tracking the donations to ensure safety and quality.
John Bonello Ghio, Group Head of Food Business at Farsons Group added, “With 1 in 9 people around the world suffering from hunger and as much as one-third of the world’s food wasted each year, we at KFC believe that simply redirecting surplus food to those in need will make a tremendous impact.”
Fr Charles Said from St Patrick’s Salesian School says that the Harvest Programme serves many purposes. “It is about creating solidarity, working as a team, creating collaboration between businesses and charitable societies, avoiding waste of food, being generous, sharing our resources with others, being of service and ready to accompany others in their needs. All these values are part and parcel of the Harvest Programme. It is serving us well and giving our children an opportunity to enjoy one of their favourite foods.”
The KFC brand globally has been affiliated with Harvest since 1999, helping Yum! donate more than 32 million kilograms of food to more than 3,000 non-profit organisations worldwide. KFC is committed to further expanding this program around the globe with a simple vision – a world without hunger. The Harvest programme helps the brand get closer to that goal each and every day by supporting those in need, right around the corner from the restaurants.
For more information about Yum! and the Harvest programme visit: www.yum.com/responsibility/community/harvest-food-donation.