VLH tackles food wastage

Thanks to a partnership with Mauritian company Foodwise, several VLH hotels are now actively addressing food waste. The project is a reflection of the group’s deep-seated commitment to sustainable development.

The VLH Group is now partnering with Foodwise to minimise food waste while supporting local communities. Foodwise, a social enterprise, specialises in redistributing surplus food in compliance with strict hygiene standards. Its mission is to recover leftover food that is still suitable for consumption and to distribute it to NGOs that work with disadvantaged children and adults. Since it was created at the end of 2018, Foodwise has distributed nearly 67 tons of food (the equivalent of more than 250,000 meals) to some 60 non-profits in Mauritius.

Three Veranda Hotels – Veranda Tamarin, Veranda Palmar and Veranda Pointe aux Biches – as well as all of the Heritage residences now work with Foodwise. Surplus food from the hotels’ hot buffets (excluding seafood and raw vegetables) is carefully set aside before being transported and distributed to partner NGOs. Most food is delivered to NGOs via accredited suppliers, though non-profits with suitable storage facilities (and a Food Handling Certificate) can collect surplus food directly from the hotels.

The leftover food collected from Veranda Tamarin benefits around 20 people living in Tamarin village’s Leonard Cheshire Home, an assisted living facility that cares for the elderly and disabled.

Veranda Pointe aux Biches, for its part, partners with the Fatima literacy school located nearby. In addition to reading and writing courses, the NGO offers workshops to young people to help them find their passion and vocation, and feeds around 50 children from the surrounding area every week.

Veranda Palmar partners with the Adventist Youth Centre in the village of Belle Mare. The centre helps children living in precarious family situations to reach their full potential. The hotel’s food donations therefore help meet the needs of around 30 children from the region.

Finally, food surpluses from the Heritage Resorts residences – including Heritage Awali, Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage C Beach Club – are donated to SAFIRE (Service d’Accompagnement, de Formation, d’Insertion et de Réhabilitation de l’Enfant), an association that works with street children, teaching them to read and write as well as offering them activities to help them grow and develop. Around 15 children from a community in Riambel therefore benefit from donated meals.

Through this partnership with Foodwise, the VLH group is demonstrating its commitment to making a positive impact on its operating environment by helping the communities that live nearby.

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