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New Singapore app in the works to tackle food wastage and food insecurity

Jun 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
The virtual food banking app, a partnership between DBS Bank and food charity The Food Bank Singapore, hopes to tackle the twin issues of food wastage and food insecurity here, said DBS in a statement on Thursday.

This will hopefully facilitate more relevant food matching, ensuring those in need receive the right amount and types of food they need, reducing food waste, said the bank, which is financing the development of the app that started early this year.

A 2019 United Nations report on global food security and nutrition found that 4.1 per cent of Singapore's population faces moderate to severe food insecurity, with people experiencing hunger and issues with obtaining food or having to compromise on quality or quantity of food consumed.

The announcement of this platform comes after a multi-agency work group was set up late last year to tackle food wastage and food insecurity here, looking at the possible links between the two issues and ways to address them.

DBS Singapore country head Shee Tse Koon said: "With the virtual food banking app, we will have greater visibility of the support gaps in Singapore, and we hope more donors will be encouraged to come forth and make the commitment with us to help put food on the table for those in need."