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Angel of altruism: Where supermarkets saw trash; one man saw an opportunity (access required)

Just because it's unsellable doesn't mean it's inconsumable. Far from it, judging by the life work of John van Hengel. Van Hengel spent the last 38 years of his life proving this concept again and again. His efforts sprouted a global food-supply network that serves those most in need. And it has its roots right here in Phoenix.

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