Donated food gone to waste sparks debate on efforts of volunteers

In a viral Facebook post, hundreds of instant noodle packets and more than 50 bottles of soy sauce were among the donated goods that were stacked to the brim in the one-room rental flat of a 78-year-old man.
In a viral Facebook post, hundreds of instant noodle packets and more than 50 bottles of soy sauce were among the donated goods that were stacked to the brim in the one-room rental flat of a 78-year-old man.PHOTOS: FION PHUA/FACEBOOK

Post on incident shows mismatch between what is given and what beneficiaries need

It was a Facebook post that went viral because of the shocking pictures: Hundreds of instant noodle packets in a one-room rental flat of a 78-year-old man that were spilling out from the kitchen into the central area of his home.

These packets, most of them past their expiry dates, were stacked to the brim in his refrigerator and cluttering his home, leaving him with little space to walk. There were also more than 50 bottles of soya sauce and other condiments, and multiple unopened bags of rice.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 08, 2019, with the headline 'Donated food gone to waste sparks debate on efforts of volunteers'. Print Edition | Subscribe