Approximately 1.3 billion tonnes of food is either lost or wasted every year. Food losses and waste amounts to roughly US$680 billion in industrialized countries and US$310 billion in developing countries.

Here in Singapore, food waste accounts for about 10% of the total waste generated in Singapore, but only 17% of the food waste here is recycled. With 809,000 tonnes of food wastage recorded in 2017, this has become a big problem here in Singapore.

What if you could do your part against food wastage and fill your belly at the same time for free, simply by signing up to be notified when there is surplus food near you? This is a win-win for everyone! You get to save money and still feast on good food while doing your part to prevent food wastage.

The Singapore-born app Makan Rescue does just that. The app is available for download from the App Store and Google Play. Created by a group of Singaporean students from the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Singapore Management University (SMU), the app aims to help prevent perfectly good food from ending up in the trash.

Users simply register for the app by logging in using their Google accounts, and the app alerts users of free food nearby based on their location.

While similar food sharing groups do exist on Telegram, the Makan Rescue App takes it a step further by listing the food shown according to your geographical location. Not just that, updates and listings are based on the subscribers interests and food preferences and even include information like how much food is available, if the food is vegetarian or halal and even a photo of the buffet spread, the type of food and when the food will be cleared away.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry and download the app today!