Best Ideas 2020 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
SOS Food Bank
Explain your idea in details:
Despite the fact that less that 10% individuals in Mauritius live in relative or absolute poverty, it is imperative for the economy to alleviate living standards for these remaining underprivileged groups to achieve Mauritius' UNDP goal of eradicating poverty. Food is rarely accessible for these underprivileged groups. As such, redistributing wasted food into the hands of underprivileged groups will help alleviate poverty. SOS Food Bank is a food redistribution business attempting to achieve zero hunger and consequently no poverty. We attempt to give a second life to wasted food and renew the food cycle. Our main objectives and activities are the following: 1) Redistribute wasted food from hotels, restaurants and supermarkets: SOS Food Bank fights food waste by repurposing unsold food to help underprivileged social groups. By providing logistics, SOS Food Bank acts as the intermediary between them and volunteering businesses, taking in charge legal and logistical aspects of food redistribution. Businesses will pay for such services based on volume of food given, while receiving tax exemptions and strategic CSR based on volume of meals provided to SOS Food Bank. 2) Facilitate volunteer's ability to help the community using technology: through downloadable app, food donations by businesses will be made possible. Food trucks will then transport food from businesses to the warehouse. Every morning, food will be redistributed to the respective underprivileged areas. 3) SOS Food Bank further attempts to alleviate poverty through raising awareness on poverty through our website, and empowerment of lower-income groups in provision of education and training to acquire adequate skills. Volunteers engaging in donations or voluntary training can register through website. Food redistribution will enhance concentration of attendees during the training programs that attempt to enhance their autonomy and self-sufficiency to alleviate poverty. 4) Achieve world-wide recognition and establishment.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
SOS Food Bank's vision statement: "We believe in reaching zero food wastage and zero food to landfills while eradicating world hunger through increasing underprivileged's access to food". SOS Food Bank's mission statement: "Allow businesses and individuals to find a second life to their food by repurposing wasted food and redistributing them toward lower-income groups". Hence, SOS Food Bank targets UN Sustainable Development Goals 1 and 2: 'No poverty' and 'Zero Hunger' respectively. -Goal 1 (No poverty), Target 1 "eradicate extreme poverty for all people everywhere" will be targeted through our website. Through website raising awareness on underprivileged social groups, international cooperation will be made possible through willingness to aid eradicate extreme poverty in their respective countries. Moreover, possibility to set up SOS Food Bank abroad will further enable international alleviation of extreme poverty through ability to allow satisfying basic needs for food. The mobile app may simultaneously notify downloaders of SOS Food Bank fund-raising events. Success will be measured through global reach and world-wide contribution SOS Food Bank has made possible. -Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Target 1 "end hunger and ensure access by all people, in particular the poor and people in vulnerable situations" will be targeted through availability of logistics to redistribute food around the country. Downloadable app will allow food donations by businesses and households to be made in a simple click all around the country. Ability to set up SOS Food Bank internationally will also allow international cooperation. Success will be evaluated through measuring child and infant mortality rates due to malnutrition as these vulnerable groups are often most vulnerable to such diseases. This will also be evaluated through weighing pounds of food redistributed cumulatively. -Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Target 2 "end all forms of malnutrition" will be targeted through ability to provide healthy food for all.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
The business model involves utilization of technology to fight for zero hunger. To be able to successfully provide logistics services in combination with advocacy and donations to lower-income groups, intricate planning should be carried out. - In legal constraints, SOS Food Bank will apply for limited liability through incorporating the company and allow tax exemptions. SOS Food Bank will also ask for government agreement to allow specific tax exemptions to businesses based on volume of food given. - In Human Resources, SOS Food Bank will adopt a Shamrock organisation. Core operating staff will involve key managers responsible for decision making and 1 distributor for each district. Volunteers will be considered part-time temporary staff to serve the 9 districts of Mauritius. Establishing a sense of purpose according to Pink's Drive theory will be the main motivator. Mobile app developers and website developers will be the contractual fringe, employed to develop the mobile app and achieve international cooperation. - In Marketing, targeted market will be the mass market in order to attract largest amount of volunteers. The product will be delivery services targeted to lower-income groups and businesses/hotels willing to donate food. The website and downloadable app notifying population of the fund-raising activities will be targeted to the general public. These activities will be advertised online on social media platforms, with large reach; as well as on NGOs' websites. Warehouses will be opened up in all 9 districts of Mauritius for quick distribution services. - In Finance, logistics will be financed mainly through income from redistribution services. Other finance methods include Mauritian Central Bank's grant credits, tax exemptions, NGO's financial supports, CSR from companies and donations. - In production, quality control will be used to make sure that food distributed is of adequate quality before redistributing to lower-income.
Amber Kwok is a 17-years old Mauritian. Considered as the most developed Newly-Industrialized Country in Africa, Mauritius has made considerable improvement in economic growth and thus living standards of its population. However, income inequalities still prevail in the country. As such, her interest in reaching an Egalitarian society prevail from her Personal Project, where she attempted to raise awareness on poverty through photography. This inspired her to pursue voluntary work and fund raising activities for NGOs by volunteering at Caritas, Quartier de Lumiere, amongst others. Inspiration for SOS Food Bank stemmed her notion that one mans trash is another mans treasure. As such, realizing that food, a previous necessity, is often wasted by restaurants and hotel buffets, she realized that redistribution of such wasted food towards underprivileged groups would be desirable. Hence, this would reduce waste, while simultaneously allowing no hunger and no poverty. Amber is a highly motivated leader and innovator, having numerous achievements and awards. Being the leader of her group in the SEMYIA Stock Exchange Competition, she has developed into an effective and motivating leader. She has been able to carefully planned different tasks, delegated work equally, resolved conflicts between group members and managed her group, allowing all group members to synergistically work together. She has simultaneously enhanced her understanding on the functioning of markets. She has further developed a business mind through her participation in internships at 2 corporate businesses. She has recently participated in a work experience at InvestIN to further enhance her understanding of business functions. Her leadership skills were further developed through her DOEIA Gold Award and participating in a science competition at school. With all these qualities in play, SOS Food Bank project idea has the potential of changing the lives of millions of people in Mauritius and in the world.