Website links food banks, donors

Japanese food banks have been taking aim at hunger amid the pandemic. Now a website is helping out by linking them to businesses with the appetite to donate food.

A Tokyo-based firm launched the site in February.

Food Bank Kanagawa, which operates near the capital, has signed up to the service. It says it was able to more than double the amount of food it handed out in fiscal 2020. An official says the website helps it get food out quickly.

Thirty-two food banks have registered on the site so far, with 11 companies donating food.

The website's operator, Kuradashi, is also lending a hand with logistics.

Meanwhile, convenience store chain FamilyMart is running its own scheme. It has set up boxes in some of its outlets to accept food donations for local welfare groups.