30 April 2020
Identified beneficiaries from vulnerable and disadvantaged groups impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak will receive free meals, under three new programmes announced by Temasek Foundation, its community partners and specialised schools. The community has rallied to support those whose lives have been disrupted by the outbreak and are facing trying times. Standing in solidarity with Singaporeans, Temasek Foundation and its partners seek to support affected families with timely food security and relief. These efforts are part of Temasek Foundation’s Stay Prepared initiative to build social resilience and support the Singapore community during the current COVID-19 outbreak. Collectively, the three programmes will provide more than 300,000 meals to families and individuals over the next six months.
A. Stay Prepared – COVID-19 Food Aid Programme
Temasek Foundation is partnering Free Food For All and Willing Hearts to provide 270,000 free meals delivered to up to 1,500 persons impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, starting from 20 April 2020 for a period of six months. It is targeted at low-income individuals and the elderly living alone in rental flats, as well as the non-ambulant and those with pre-existing conditions such as arthritis and dementia.
Beneficiaries could also benefit by minimising their out-of-home contacts, by having their meals delivered under this programme.
Potential beneficiaries will be enrolled into the meal programme by Free Food For All and Willing Hearts, after they are identified by their existing networks of social service agencies and organisations, family service centres, and religious organisations, and in consultation with the Agency for Integrated Care.
In addition, 60 tonnes of uncooked rice were donated to Willing Hearts by T-Touch, the staff volunteer arm of Temasek.
B. Stay Prepared – COVID-19 Meal Support for Students Programme
Four specialised schools, Assumption Pathway School, Crest Secondary School, Northlight School, and Spectra Secondary School, as well as Metta School have identified students who need additional help during this COVID-19 outbreak. The five schools remain open during the home-based learning period to cater to some students who do not have adequate family support, and who will require meal support. Starting from 13 April 2020 for a period of two months, Temasek Foundation is supporting the five schools to disburse an estimated 30,000 meal vouchers, meal rations or pre-packed meals to potentially benefit up to 750 students while they are in school.
C. Stay Prepared – COVID 19 Hawker Food Delivery Programme
Supported by Temasek Foundation, The Food Bank Singapore is launching a pilot programme to purchase and deliver 7,000 hawker meals free of charge to vulnerable and disadvantaged persons in need who are not receiving food aid from other agencies. Starting from 4 May 2020, the 14-day trial will involve around 30 hawkers in five hawker centres in the Central Zone i.e. Amoy Street Food Centre, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown Complex Food Centre, and Tanjong Pagar Food Centre. Besides supporting hawkers whose businesses have been adversely affected, the programme will also help the unemployed or low-income workers who along with other volunteers will help deliver the meals for a small fee to temporarily supplement their loss of income due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Up to 500 beneficiaries, identified by The Food Bank Singapore working with family service centres, will be provided with a hawker grade meal for dinner each day for 14 days.
Mr Richard Magnus, Chairman, Temasek Foundation Cares, said, “The vulnerable and disadvantaged segments of our community are hard hit by Covid19, especially for their meals. Temasek Foundation and its partners have not forgotten them. This concerted effort in food aid supports their needs.”
Temasek Foundation has committed a total of around $780,000 for the three meal support programmes. It will benefit up to an estimated 2,750 persons in need, which will go some way to complement efforts by the government, corporates, community organisations as well as individuals to serve the community and build public confidence and resilience during this difficult period.
Temasek Foundation Initiatives to Combat COVID-19
Temasek Foundation has been working with multiple partners to provide support in and outside Singapore, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
These include providing hand sanitiser to all Singapore households, frontline workers in the public transport, immigration, quarantine oversight, community healthcare service providers, migrant workers, and many others; as well as mask kits to migrant workers and domestic helpers.
Temasek Foundation recognises that the COVID-19 outbreak requires a global response to combat against this global pandemic. By containing or slowing its spread, we can reduce the cost to human lives and livelihoods. Each of us, individuals, companies, governments and various institutions can do our part to help break the infection transmission.
Temasek Foundation’s other Stay Prepared initiatives included the distribution of N95 masks to all 1.2 million households nationwide in 2014, to prepare the community for potential severe haze or a flu pandemic. During the 2015 severe haze in South East Asia, AIR+ Smart Masks and Micro Ventilators were distributed to 13,000 children from low-income families and children’s homes, as well as to 29,000 elderly aged 60 years and above and staying in an HDB rental flat.