SINGAPORE (Dec 31): Rayner Loi was taken aback when the mother of a boy he was mentoring teared up while thanking him for taking her son to dinner. Loi then realised the boy would have gone to bed hungry otherwise. “She told me how much it meant to her and her son because on most days, she couldn’t afford to put dinner on the table,” says Loi. “I walked away from that feeling a great sense of injustice because around that time, I had also read about Singapore’s food waste situation. I also found out, through my own research, that one in 10 people — about 10% — suffer from food insecurity [in Singapore].”

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