Chef Elijah Amoo Addo, Founder and Executive Director of the Food for All Ghana Campaign has been nominated for the Future Awards Africa Prize in Community Action 2015 for his exemplary leadership and hard work towards creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Africa and working with his team to build West Africa’s first food bank in Ghana.
The Future Awards Africa, now in its 10th year, described by the World Bank as “The Nobel Prize for young Africans”, and FORBES International as the “most important youth awards”, is targeted at recognizing young Africans between ages 18 to 31 doing incredible work in various fields; with 11 categories including the ultimate prize, The Future Africa Awards Prize for the Young Person of the Year. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1550 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
Chef Elijah, a professional chef and food stylist quit his job in a prestigious restaurant in Accra, to advocate against food wastage and hunger along the food supply chain, after coming in contact with a mentally challenged man who goes round scouting leftover food from street vendors to feed his also mentally challenged colleague on the street.
Through his Chefs for Change Ghana Foundation, he initiated the Food for All Ghana campaign, a food recovery initiative aimed at creating sustainable means of nutrition for the vulnerable in Ghana and with a vision of building food banks in Africa with the first in Ghana.
Elijah with his team and Trigmatic (Goodwill Ambassador of the campaign) has for the past one year been recovering food to feed the mentally challenged, street kids and vulnerable organizations. They have recovered food to feed over 50,000 vulnerable people and organizations such as the Accra psychiatric hospital, Osu children’s home, Teshie Orphanage, Kinder Paradise and many vulnerable society in Ghana.
Food for All Ghana campaign has been championing their objective of food recovery using programs such as the Feast of Hope, Share your breakfast community feeding train, the hunger marathon and this year, they became the first organization in Africa to attempt the Guinness world record for the longest table on UN World food day, a feat they couldn’t achieve, however they built the longest table in Africa.
Chef Elijah notably called “Doctor in the kitchen” strongly believes that Africa is already producing enough food however inefficiencies within our food supply chain is given rise to huge amount of food wastage.
”If we could recover half of the food going waste along our food supply chain, we will be able to feed the hungry in Africa. Hunger in Africa could be eradicated with homegrown solutions such as Food for All Africa.”