Activity

1. Harvest Kitchen

We distribute hot meals at Ueno Park each Saturday.

2. Harvest Pantry

We provide emergency groceries to households in need of assistance. We have three distribution methods:

  1. ①Direct distribution at our warehouse
  2. ②Care packages sent directly to recipients
  3. ③Mobile pantry – distribution at designated locations

program

●marugohan

A new style of market where instead of paying money you do a good deed to shop for food.We created a clean and open environment, just like a supermarket, to give our members a shopping experience.

Our goal is to provide access to food in a way that brings happiness and joy, and creates a virtuous cycle of receiving and giving back.
About our name: maru = circle, satisfaction and cycle + gohan = meal and food.

“Ongaeshi” (repay a kindness) is a value in Japan. Many people come and shop at marugohan. We believe this approach reminds people they too can give back when they receive. Showing gratitude gives people a quiet sense of confidence and creates a connection to society.

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3. Food Banking

We receive food donations from manufacturers, importers, retailers, and farmers for distribution to welfare agencies, nonprofits and faith-based groups that provide social services to those in need.

4. Advocacy & Development

We promote food banking in Japan and in the region through various activities. Since 2008 we annually conduct a “Food Bank Caravan” in which we travel throughout Japan visiting local food banks and communities interested in starting a food bank. We have also assisted in the development of food banking in the Philippines since 2007 both in providing technical assistance and sending aid. We have a standing memo of understanding with the Republic of the Philippines Department of Social Welfare & Development (DSDW).

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