Second Harvest Lecture

EVENT: Second Harvest (NGO) Special Lecture
WHEN: June 18th, 11 AM – 12:30 PM
WHERE: Bldg 1, Room 124

Second Harvest is an international organization that collects unsold food from stores, companies and restaurants and redistributes it to orphanages, women’s shelters, elder care facilities, soup kitchens, etc. Second Harvest Japan, the first food bank in Japan, was founded in 2000. To date, the organization has redistributed over 8000 tons of food. Since March 2011, 2HJ has also provided food and disaster relief supplies to the Tohoku region. The guest speaker, Dr. Rumi Ide, has a PhD in nutrition and worked in the food industry for 10 years before joining 2HJ in 2011. She was also a volunteer in the Philippines with JICA’s JOCV (Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteer) Program. In addition to speaking about the activities of Second Harvest Japan, she will also focus on food waste, food loss, international food banking and will talk briefly about her own career path. For students interested in volunteering, 2hj offers various kinds of volunteer opportunities on a regular basis. (


CNN video about 2hj: “Redirecting unwanted food”

Japan Times article

Staff bios


2011 Newsletter (response to tsunami)

Making care packages (manga)

Info about Rumi’s career

Asahi Shinbun article

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