Plastic waste is a very complicated issue in the context of food distribution and packaging. For Scholars of Sustenance Thailand, our goals are to serving nutritious food to as many vulnerable people as possible while being environmentally conscious at the same time. With that being said, we try to spend as little as possible while always find the alternative way to contain and distribute food that we collected. In our Rescue Kitchen, we found the champion of the community kitchen in Nong Chok, Bangkok. Koyruddeen community is our collaborated community in the Rescue Kitchen Program with Zero Plastic waste in food distribution.
Located at the eastern border of Bangkok and Chachoengsao Sao, Koyruddeen community is one of the new communities that joined in our SOS Rescue Kitchen Program. The community was affected greatly by the COVID-19 being one of the furthest districts in Bangkok which means less notice and even less support from the authority. The foundation has received contact from the local volunteers, that they needed supports to feed the communities, and support we gave to them, and the surprising results we received from these communities.
With the condition of using as less plastic as possible, they have achieved zero plastic Rescue Kitchen using the product of nature like banana leaves and Lotus Leaves as instead of plastic containers. Khun Cherdphun, the contact person of the Koyruddeen community, aiming to have as little waste as possible both in food waste and plastic waste. Since the start of this collaboration, the community has cooked 691 Kgs of food, which equivalent to 2,903 meals in September. With the current situation of COVID-19, ThaiSOS are promised to provide support to communities as much as they can through the food serves and support of volunteers!