Food for 100,000 Tokyo 2020

Remaining pantries


Pantries are fundamental to making sure people have food security
The total number of pantries in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama

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We are shaping a new environment
in which anyone can access the food they need
in their own community.

Tokyo 2020: Food for 100,000
Our goal is that by 2020 Tokyo will have a food safety-net in place that can support 100,000 people.
We are collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders such as food donors, financial supporters,
government agencies, faith-based groups, NPOs, and individuals
to increase the number of food pantries where people can access food assistance.

This aim of this project is to achieve a society
with a food safety net

“What if there is no food to eat today? What if there is nobody close by that you can rely on?” A food safety net looks to provide answers to these questions. We aim to create a system where one can go at any time to a "pick-up location" to receive food from places such as a nearby police station, fire department, hospital, etc. This project envisions a society where there is always a reliable place people can go when struggling to have enough food to eat.

Surplus food and unmet needs

The Reality

Tokyo has few places to access
food assistance

In large cities, it is common to have a wide network of groups providing food assistance.
Our goal is to create a food safety-net so that those in need can have access to food assistance.

Our vision is to see “Tokyo2020: Food for 100,000” replicated in other areas such as Kanagawa and Saitama.
By the end of 2020, we hope to serve 60,000 individuals in Kanagawa and Saitama.







Pantries operated by us and pantries independtly operated in collaboration with us.
We estimate each pantry will serve 15 new households each week.

Food pantry locations in major cities

  • New York City1,100
  • San Francisco250
  • Hong Kong160

What we need

We envision faith-based groups, NPOs, and local communities hosting pantries with us providing food.
These pantries will establish a food safety-net – a new public asset.

Establishing pantries

Volunteer drivers

Sponsorship program

What you can do

MAP This is what a society
with a food safety-net looks like!

The foundation of all our activities.

Assisting with the management of warehouses

Would you like to provide support by helping us manage the new storage locations?

In January 2017, a new storage was opened in the city of Yashio in Saitama as the start and supporting foundation of this project. To expand the food safety-net it was essential that we improved our ability to accept food items. This pick-up location allows for a larger number of possible donations to be accepted even faster. Won't you consider helping us manage these locations while experiencing a dynamic distribution environment!?

Receiving food from families

Support via food drives

"Food drives" are food gathered by families and donated.

For families that have purchased too many canned goods or seasonings, have accumulated seasonal gifts such as snacks and noodles, or harvested more crops than expected, these extra items can be gathered and donated via a "food drive". Food drives can be held anywhere there are groups of people, such as schools, community centers, in your company, etc. Please consider supporting our cause by connecting your families to 100,000 people in need with a food bank.

The structure of using food as a societal contribution

Provide assistance by donating food

Creating a framework to change society and utilize food that would otherwise be wasted

The goal of this project is to provide enough food for 100,000 people, which is estimated to require over 5,000 tons. Please consider working with us in aiming to create a system that can change society and utilize food that would otherwise be wasted.

Creating a new food bank model

Supporting via partner/event

Together, let's work 1-to-1 to accomplish actions that overcome various challenges.

In addition to managing food banks, various contributions to facilities and systems are required. Using this support framework, 2HJ can work 1-to-1 with companies and foundations that become partners to accomplish goals and overcome challenges. We're always looking for partners that can help us reach our project's goals, and whom we can work together with to provide a new, sustainable food bank model.

A place where food can be
received whenever

Providing support by establishing
a pick-up location

At times when there is no food, a place close to home where food can be received

Pick-up locations are places where anyone can receive food during a time of need. The primary goal of this project is to establish as many pick-up locations as possible within a city. 2HJ has prepared support for the establishment and management of pick-up locations. For those that would like to receive food support from 2HJ and carry out their own pick-up activates, please contact us using the appropriate form.

The lifeblood of food bank activity

Helping as a volunteer driver/delivery

Utilize a vehicle and volunteer to pick up donations then bring them to warehouses and welfare facilities.

Volunteer work involves picking up food donations using a Second Harvest Japan truck or your own vehicle, and then bringing them to warehouses and welfare institutions. This also includes assistance from logistics companies providing their own trucks. Delivering these foods are not simply a project, but an essential lifeblood of food bank operations. For those looking to contribute to a social cause by simply providing a vehicle, please consider volunteering.

To the players of a project
that anybody can carry the burden of

Support via online donations

With online donations, you can support the goal of our project

Even if you can't come to Second Harvest Japan as a result of location or tie, you can help support the goal of our project through online donations. In combination with food, your support can reach the thanks of 100,000 people.

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Activity Report

Milestone by 2020

Tokyo 2020: Food for100,000 will be the first step in creating a food safety-net – a new public asset. This project will
take us step closer to a society where people have enough food.

Kanagawa, Saitama and
throughout Japan

Our vision is to see this program, “Food for 100,000” replicated in other areas such as Kanagawa and Saitama.
By 2020, we hope to serve 60,000 individuals in Kanagawa and Saitama.
Our longer vision is to see this program replicated throughout Japan with cities taking the challenge
to support 100,000 individuals as a first step to creating a food safety-net for their community.

Food for 100,000 Saitama
Food for 100,000 Kanagawa