Feeding the hungry with food that is 'ugly looking'

SG Food Rescue volunteers scour the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre to collect food items - mostly fruits and vegetables - that are edible but not considered good enough to sell because they are slightly blemished, discoloured or odd-shaped. The food
SG Food Rescue volunteers scour the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre to collect food items - mostly fruits and vegetables - that are edible but not considered good enough to sell because they are slightly blemished, discoloured or odd-shaped. The food is then redistributed to the community and those in need.ST PHOTO: TIMOTHY DAVID

SG Food Rescue collects bruised fruits and vegetables, then delivers to charities

Every week, about 20 people go round the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre asking vendors for unwanted produce, filling up trolleys with crates of slightly bruised tomatoes, cabbages with brown outer leaves, white carrots with split tips and even fresh red capsicums.

They are from SG Food Rescue, a new group that aims to reduce food waste by collecting unsellable food and redistributing it to soup kitchens and charities.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2018, with the headline 'Feeding the hungry with food that is 'ugly looking''. Print Edition | Subscribe