KUALA LUMPUR: The Lost Food Project (TLFP) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) are collaborating to reduce food waste at Pasar Borong KL.
Its founder Suzanne Mooney said throughout the pilot test over the last three weeks, TLFP was able to collect over two tons of fresh fruit and vegetable equivalent to more than 4,000 meals from the traders.
The nutritious food is then distributed to charities around Klang Valley. Mooney said it was such a waste to see eatable food being thrown away when it could benefit those in need.
DBKL’s role is to provide free parking space within the Pasar Borong area for TLFP trucks to operate and collect all sorts of goods from the traders thrice weekly.
Collaborations of this kind not only serve to help feed those most in need, they also aid in reducing environmental waste. “Donating the surplus food at the end of the trading day instead of throwing it away means big savings are made on disposal costs,” Mooney told reporters after the project launch at Pasar Borong KL here today.
Also present was DBKL Licence and Petty Traders Management director Zaharuddin Basiron, who affirmed that the project had the full support of DBKL.
He said reducing food waste would save the government a lot of money and help to tackle poverty. Meanwhile, celebrity “Chef Wan” was appointed as Food Ambassador for TLFP. -- BERNAMA