Strengthening Food Security with Food Bank



Food banks play a vital role in combating food insecurity by collecting and distributing surplus food to those facing food insecurity. They ensure healthy, edible products reach vulnerable individuals and families, rescuing nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste.

Serving as key components of community support networks, food banks bridge the gap between excess and scarcity, significantly impacting the fight against food insecurity.


Food Bank in Malaysia

Food banks in Malaysia combat food insecurity and reduce food waste by collecting surplus food from various sources and distributing it to those in need, providing nutritious meals and minimising waste.


The Situation of Food Waste in Malaysia

  • Current Statistics: Malaysia produces approximately 17,000 tonnes of food waste daily, with 24% still being edible. This underscores the need for effective food rescue efforts.
  • Environmental and Economic Impact: Food waste causes significant environmental and financial impacts, including greenhouse gas emissions and financial losses for farmers, businesses, and consumers.
  • Food Banks as a Solution: Food banks in Malaysia address food waste by collecting surplus food and redistributing it to those in need, thereby reducing food insecurity and the environmental and economic impacts of food waste. Their collaborative efforts promote a sustainable and equitable food system.


Objectives of Food Banks

  • Alleviating Food Insecurity: Food banks in Malaysia aim to reduce food insecurity by providing food assistance and rescuing surplus food to prevent waste, ensuring no one goes hungry.
  • Minimising Food Waste: Food banks in Malaysia help reduce food waste by collecting surplus food, preventing it from reaching landfills. This promotes environmental sustainability and encourages better consumption practices.


How Food Banks Promote Food Security

Food banks rescue surplus food from the supply chain, partnering with hypermarkets, restaurants, and social enterprises to deliver food to those in need. They redistribute surplus food to underprivileged communities, ensuring nutritious meals reach those in need.

By collecting surplus food donations and distributing them to those in need, they support the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on 'Zero Hunger' and 'Responsible Consumption and Production', while also addressing poverty.

They support individuals facing poverty and homelessness through food grants, empowering them to combat hunger and promote food security.


Ajinomoto Malaysia’s Role in Sustainable Food Supply 

(Thumbnail) Sustainable Food Supply


Ajinomoto Malaysia Berhad (AMB) recognises the importance of food security in Malaysia, which ranked 41st out of 113 countries in the Global Food Security Index 2022. While excelling in quality and safety, challenges remain in sustainability and adaptation. Food security involves ensuring the availability, proper use, and stability of nutritious food for a healthy lifestyle.

  • AMB is revolutionising food production with advanced technology, promoting sustainability by using natural resources efficiently and reducing environmental impact. Their efforts support UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • AMB is tackling food waste in Malaysia through their 'Too Good to Waste' campaign, which encourages minimising kitchen waste, optimising resources, and promoting sustainability for a greener planet.
  • AMB ensures quality and food safety through Ajinomoto System of Quality Assurance (ASQUA), ISO standards, and FSSC 22000 certification, focusing on continuous improvement and a strong safety culture.

Ajinomoto Malaysia Berhad is dedicated to food security, environmental sustainability, and responsible consumption, aiming for a world with wise resource management.

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