How to Donate Your Unwanted Food to the Needy in Singapore

15 April 2016
<p>Waste not.</p>

Waste not.

Sure, we love to eat but how can you play your role to reduce food wastage?


If you are relocating or moving out of Singapore and find yourself with a lot of unused food items in your kitchen, don’t let them go to waste. 

The Food Bank Singapore collects excess food from the public and channels them to the needy through 130 charities, soup kitchens and Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) in Singapore. 

Believing in the mantra, “Do not bin it when you can still eat it”, the Food Bank Singapore is all about reducing food wastage and helping the less fortunate at the same time. 


What can I donate?

They accept all types of non-perishable food items that are unopened, unused and with at least four weeks of shelf life. Food that are in great demand include rice, noodles, biscuits, canned food, cooking oil, sauce and seasonings, and beverages (tea, coffee, Milo, UHT or powdered milk). 

Rusty or unlabelled cans, perishable items, opened, used and expired items will not be accepted. 

Rather than buying your food donations, the Food Bank Singapore encourages you to look in your pantry for suitable food items which you do not want or are approaching their shelf life. 


Where can I drop off my food donations?

How to Donate your Unwanted Food to the Needy in Singapore

Source: The Food Bank Singapore


There are several locations across Singapore and most of them are conveniently located within a mall. Check out the full list here


How do I organise a food drive?

Whether you’re planning to hold a food drive for a day or a year, it is important to plan, promote, and manage the event in a convenient, fun, and meaningful way. 

Get in touch with the Food Bank Singapore and they can help you to plan your food drive. Get more info here.  


How can I be involved with this?

The Food Bank Singapore welcomes volunteers in areas of advocacy, operations, marketing, and research and development. Get details on how you can be an individual volunteer here

You can also invest in a Food Bundle which contains daily dietary necessities to the underprivileged. Pick from their Healthy Food Bundle  or Joy In Every Bundle campaigns. 

Find out how you can make a financial donation to help the Food Bank Singapore run its operations here.  

The organisation is also working with dining establishments in Singapore to salvage excess cooked food through its Food Rescue Programme. It also rescues leftover non-perishable food items from food exhibitions and trade shows


By Muneerah Bee, April 2016 

The Food Bank Singapore’s Facebook page 


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