Fresh vegetables, eggs for low-income families in Boon Lay in new initiative Food from the Heart, Community News & Top Stories
SINGAPORE – First of all, it was about groceries such as canned goods and cookies. Today, the Food from the Heart charity provides local farm-fresh produce to low-income families in Boon Lay.
It will partner with The Local Farm by Gardenasia grocery store to serve 1,000 households when the new initiative rolls out in January.
These households can currently redeem groceries using a beneficiary card at the Food from the Heart’s minimart @ Boon Lay community store.
With the merger, residents will have access to nutritious and fresh produce, Ms. Sim Bee Hia, Managing Director of Food from the Heart, said at the launch at Block 176 Boon Lay Drive, where the convenience store is located.
“As a food charity, we act as a buffer for the community in need and Covid-19 has reinforced the important difference food charities make,” she added.
“Ordering locally would also mean that food support is not disrupted or affected by border closures or supply chain bottlenecks.”
Food prices have risen amidst supply chain disruptions that have resulted in the wastage of perishable items. Suppliers have also adjusted prices to reflect rising energy costs.
Food from the Heart’s new initiative aims to serve 1,000 other households by June 2022. To do so, it aims to raise $ 250,000.
Recipients can select up to seven items, including three types of green leafy vegetables, two types of mushrooms, quail eggs and eggs. They can choose five other basic items from the convenience store, such as rice, canned foods, and cooking oil.
Fresh produce is supplied by four farms – N&N Agriculture, Lian Wah Hang Farm, Yili Farm and Kin Yan Agrotech. It is then aggregated and organized by Gardenasia, a nature-focused events company, and delivered to the Food from the Heart convenience store.
Mr. Kenny Eng, Director of Gardenasia, said: “This partnership gives local farmers a boost in terms of sustainable agriculture. Knowing that there is longer-term demand, farmers can grow crops with a greater sense of security.
Retired crane operator Chew Chiang Tong, 86, is among 15 beneficiaries invited to select vegetables and eggs on Wednesday before the initiative kicks off in January.
Accompanied by his wife, he says they are already saving a lot of money each month with free shopping. Welcoming the expansion into fresh produce, he said, “Vegetables are good – you can make soup, fries, steam – there are many ways to cook them. They are also easier to digest, which is important because we are older. “
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