The Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui has been providing welfare services to the people of Hong Kong since the 19th century. In the 1960s, The Children's Meals Society was established to provide nutritious meals to the poor children of Hong Kong and to feed and clothe the disadvantaged. With the economic progress of Hong Kong society, the demand for such services is decreasing. However, the Welfare Council still adheres to the teachings of Christ and is at the forefront of the community in providing food assistance to the needy; and has received active donations from parishioners to provide food assistance in Tung Chung, Tin Shui Wai, Kowloon City and Tsz Wan Shan.
Since the Social Welfare Department launched the Short-term Food Assistance Service Scheme in February 2009, the Welfare Council has provided funding to establish "Blessed Food" in Tuen Mun and Yuen Long to provide food assistance services. In 2018, the Council deployed 2 food assistance teams in Tuen Mun and Kowloon City/Yau Tsim Mong. The Council has accumulated over 10 years of experience providing food assistance service until it is regularised in 2021. With 2 more teams in Tsuen Wan/Kwai Tsing/Tuen Mun and Kowloon City/Yau Tsim Mong districts, the Council has established a solid service network to support the underprivileged.
The service renders food assistance to individuals or families who are unemployed, encountering sudden change or facing immediate financial hardship, to help underprivileged individuals or families tide over temporary financial problems triggered by various social problems, and refer the needy service users to mainstream welfare services.
- Short-term food assistance for a maximum of 8 weeks to needy people lived in the community for solving their urgent needs. - Case interview and follow up by social worker. - Conduct welfare-related programmes.