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Foodlanthropy – Aiming to raise 180,000 meals for the less privileged in Singapore and the region

Foodlanthropy – Aiming to raise 180,000 meals for the less privileged in Singapore and the region

FoodLanthropy is a new initiative by the Food Bank Singapore that aims to raise 180,000 meals for the less privileged in Singapore and the region. The event was featured in The New Paper on 19th October 2013.

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Food Bank Singapore collects 8 truckloads of excess food at food show

Food Bank Singapore collects 8 truckloads of excess food at food show

At the mammoth Food & Hotel Asia (FHA) exhibition on the 8th to 11th April 2014, Food Bank Singapore collected eight truckloads of excess food worth nearly $100,000. This is the first time that the food bank has salvaged excess food at a food exhibition and it is looking forward to doing so at other such shows.

Even though there were a lot of meats and seafood on display, the food bank understood the sensitivity of handling these products as there were challenges to handle, transport and distribute them in good time. Because of this, the food bank collected mainly non-perishable items such as packaged goods like biscuits, crackers, tidbits, juices, frozen confectionery like donuts, muffins, cakes, breads and even some cheeses that are seldom seen in the market!

There was a huge variety of brands and products collected and volunteers would sort the collected foods to check expiry dates and the condition of the products.

The excess foods were collected and distributed daily to those who could collect them. Some beneficiaries had arranged for their volunteers to help out and come down on Friday to pick out and collect the items that they wanted. The balance that could not be given out was taken back to the Food Bank Singapore’s warehouse to be shared with the other beneficiaries.

“Not only did we reduce food wastage but these premium foods have benefitted many of our member beneficiaries. FHA has given us exposure to 10 halls of potential donors and raised awareness of our organisation. We are grateful and happy to be able to work with Singapore Exhibition Services on FHA 2014,” said Nichol Ng, Co-founder of Food Bank Singapore”.

The Food & Hotel Asia 2014 has been a great opportunity for the food bank to share what we do and spread the news on reducing food wastage and channelling them to better use.

The Food Bank Singapore would like to thank the many volunteers and beneficiaries that chipped in to help us with our inaugural exhibition! Thank you!

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Reducing Food Waste in Singapore

Reducing Food Waste in Singapore

The Food Bank Singapore was recently featured in LianHe Zaobao for its efforts to reduce food wastage in Singapore.

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Donate your excess food to the Food Bank Singapore

Donate your excess food to the Food Bank Singapore

The Food Bank Singapore was featured in Berita Harian for its efforts to reduce food waste in Singapore by encouraging people to donate their excess food.

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The Food Bank Singapore achieves IPC status

The Food Bank Singapore achieves IPC status

The Food Bank Singapore has received approval as an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) by the Singapore Government’s Charities Unit.

IPCs are charities whose activities are beneficial to the community in Singapore as a whole, and not confined to sectional interests or group of persons based on race, creed, belief or religion. They must be administered by governing board members, at least half of whom are independent and citizens of Singapore.

With the IPC status, The Food Bank Singapore is able to issue tax deductible receipts for qualifying donations to donors. Donors can claim tax relief from their assessable income based on the amount donated at prevailing deduction rate.

“We are happy to be able to reciprocate the generosity of the donors by allowing them to enjoy the 300 percent tax rebate. This status means a lot to us to be able to do something for those who support us. Ultimately, we hope that this status will help us to bring in more donations to support our mission to feed the hungry,” said Nichol Ng, Co-founder of The Food Bank Singapore.

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FoodLanthropy featured in Xin Ming Ri Bao

The Food Bank Singapore’s FoodLanthropy event gets featured in Xin Ming Ri Bao.

FoodLanthropy featured in Xin Ming Ri Bao

The Food Bank Singapore’s FoodLanthropy event gets featured in Xin Ming Ri Bao.

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Turning Unwanted Food into Works of Art

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Don’t throw away your CNY goodies, donate them!

Don’t throw away your CNY goodies, donate them!

We collected from than 1,500 tins of festive goodies at The Food Bank Singapore’s first donation drive featuring Chinese New Year (CNY) goodies! The most common items given up were cookies and tarts which were distributed to 137 beneficiaries including children’s homes and family service centers. The CNY donation drive was featured in The Straits Times.

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The Food Bank Singapore featured in Sin Ming Ri Bao newspaper

The Food Bank Singapore featured in Sin Ming Ri Bao newspaper

The Food Bank Singapore was recently featured in Xin Ming Ri Bao.

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400 volunteers pitch in to pack meals for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan

400 volunteers pitch in to pack meals for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan

More than 400 volunteers spent their Sunday packing 15,000 meal packets, which would feed nearly 100,000, for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The Masaya (which means “happy” in Tagalog) Meals Campaign was organised by the Food Bank Singapore (FBS). The event was also featured in The Straits Times.

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