Best Ideas 2018 features all the nominated entries submitted to the Youth Citizen Entrepreneurship Competition under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solution or proposition for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage. If you want to know the 10 finalists in this category, click HERE
NO-MORE-FOOD-WASTE EAT-IN FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE
Explain your idea in details:
The charity would hope to first operate in Hanoi, Vietnam. Vietnam is a country famous for its gastronomy with food made with fresh ingredients. However, the countrys cooking and eating habits have resulted in a tremendous amount of food waste every day. What is witnessed in higher-valued restaurants and hotels is the discrepancy between the amount of food prepared and the consumption levels due to their higher costs. This is particularly true in buffets. Meanwhile, in metropolitan cities like Hanoi, income inequality has expanded, creating an increasingly large group of low-income people living in the cities, bearing higher living costs who can hardly afford regular nutritious meals. The No-More-Food-Waste charity aims to reduce the unnecessary food waste due to income and geographical differences whilst giving low income people chances to enjoy quality and affordable meals in major cities. The charity will run a restaurant that sells cooked food that have not been touched, donated daily by higher valued restaurants and buffets to the low-income people at a concessional fixed price. The key feature that attracts customers to the eat-in is the affordability, quality and variety of food on offer. The special feature of this eat-in is that no plates or cutleries will be offered. All customers are expected to bring their own to save the environment. No disposables, no nylon bags. The eat-in hopes to get support from restaurants from all around the city, whilst offering voluntary opportunities to students who can join our team as shippers, waiters, sorters and managers. By placing the eat-in close to the factory hub, running at dinner hours and a little later, I hope to cater for the low-income people, who tend to work until later hours at their convenient place and time, and also for the homeless people.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
There is a stark difference between a so-called common people meal and a high-cost buffet within the city centre. Whilst the former option is only available during lunch time with long waiting time, the cost of it is only on average 50 cents whilst the latter could cost up to a monthly salary of a common worker of the lowest income quintile. Unused prepared food from high-cost buffet restaurants are often thrown away in trash bin. This is not only increasing the amount of daily waste going into landfill but also a cost for restaurant owners. It is also an unnecessary social cost that otherwise could be saved by transferring to the people in need. Therefore, the eat-in will first hope to tackle inequality in living standards that leads to malnutrition and low productivity in the low-income workforce (the meal would hopefully fit a plate that follows nutrition guide, with a price fixed at 30 cents/meal allowing customers to choose 3 portions of food from daily offerings). By having this eat-in not only in Hanoi, but also in other cities and other developing countries, this helps to reduce food waste, support quality lives for the low-income as well as offer work experience to students.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The NMFW charity hopes to give restaurants, especially buffet restaurants incentives to give away their food. Common lunch hours in these restaurants are from 12-2pm. After that, restaurants would need to replace the food displayed with freshly-made food to serve dinner customers. By giving these left-over to the NMFW, these restaurants can strengthen their public image as providing fresh food as well as supporting humanitarian purposes. Collectors/Shippers from NMFW can come to collect and package the food to transport to the eat-in. Before the official opening of the eat-in, the office team of NMFW would spend 3 months contacting restaurants and hotels in the area to pitch this idea. We hopefully build up an inventory of partners who are willing to sign memorandum with us which says that every day after lunch hours, if there are left overs, they would be willing to give to us. This memorandum can help us predict the amount of food that we could offer customers and help us plan for pick-up routes for our shippers. However, the daily amount and variety of food cannot be guaranteed. I also hope that the local authority and universities of the low-income areas can support by offering a place within their properties sufficient to accommodate around 50 eat-in customers and a preparation kitchen. Students from universities, colleges and the volunteers are welcome to volunteer to serve at the eat-in, prepare food, clean up or ship from donors to the eat-in. We expect to have a team of approximately 10 volunteers in total per day. Operation costs can include initial eat-in set-up, kitchen appliances, cleaning products, and the utilities. All proceedings would go towards breaking even with these costs. The main idea is to keep the eat-in running, not for profit.
My name is Dieu Ngoc Tran, Im Vietnamese and I come from Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Im 18 years old and Im currently studying in the French International School Alexandre Yersin of Hanoi. Im in 12th grade, in the Economic and Social section of our school. Im a self educated, motivated, curious person who is always in position to gain more knowledge. I have also developed good social/ communication skills (thanks to my participation in various summer programs) such as making friends, connecting people, maintain different relationships or organizing a group work (Im often the team captain, taking the leadership in my hand). Those qualities helped me to obtain recognition from the people around me. I also enjoy helping others for the reason that it makes me feel good about myself and gives a meaning to my life, something to work for. My motivation for the NGO comes from my ultimate passion to travel to various countries in the world and learning from different cultures. Since I have the opportunities to do so, from each journey, I've accumulated numerous ideas to improve my country thanks to everything that I've seen. Projecting my future path in a career in Human Rights in order to contribute a positive effect to the society, I'm also very interested in every kind of NGO and have participated in many of them. Having the best interests at heart, Im joining this competition to be able to make the world a better place by creating my own NGO.