19 June 2020
As part of the continuing response to help those impacted by the evolving COVID-19 situation, Temasek Foundation is partnering SATS Ltd and Singapore Airlines to provide more than 100,000 free ready-to-eat meals and more than 11,000 snacks to households in need, starting during the phased reopening after Circuit Breaker. Even as we gradually resume activities and re-open our economy, many in the community still remain vulnerable and are facing trying times. The “Food Support with Love” programme will provide more than 2,800 households with timely food security and relief. This initiative is part of Temasek Foundation’s Stay Prepared initiative to build social resilience and support the Singapore community during the current COVID-19 outbreak.
The meals, which cater to a range of preferences, and snacks will be distributed by Free Food For All (FFFA) and community volunteers, including staff from Temasek Foundation, SATS Ltd and Singapore Airlines.
Beneficiaries comprise the elderly living alone in rental flats, low-income individuals and others in need who are currently not receiving meal support, and they are identified by FFFA and its network of social service organisations and partners. FFFA, supported by the Ministry of Education (MOE), has also reached out to about 250 families of students who require additional support to cope beyond the Circuit Breaker period. Starting from June, the beneficiaries have been enrolled into the food aid programme, and will be receiving a monthly supply of meals and snacks lasting up to four months, depending on their needs.
Mr Richard Magnus, Chairman, Temasek Foundation Cares, said, “COVID-19 brings out humanity to the forefront. We must strive to continue this collective effort to care and go beyond in ensuring all Singaporeans not go hungry.”
Mr Kerry Mok, Chief Executive Officer Food Solutions, SATS, added, “SATS has invested in food technologies to create large quantities of meals in a more sustainable way, benefitting our communities and our ecosystem. In line with our vision to feed and connect Asia, we are happy to partner Temasek Foundation and Singapore Airlines in using this capability to provide nourishing meals for the community.”
“Singapore Airlines strongly believes in giving back to society and helping to strengthen the communities that we serve. We are glad to be able to support this initiative, which focuses on families who especially need support during this time. We are also proud of our staff members, who have volunteered to join FFFA in giving out the food and snacks to these families,” said Ms Lee Wen Fen, Senior Vice President Corporate Planning, Singapore Airlines.
Mr Nizar Mohamed Shariff, Founder of FFFA said, “The vulnerable segments of our population need a defence against food insecurity. FFFA is honoured to be part of efforts that bring food to their tables, and help build a hunger free society. Through this project, we also show that we care in this difficult period. This can help boost their physical as well as mental well-being.”
Brought together by Temasek Foundation and its partners, the food aid programme is expected to benefit up to an estimated more than 11,000 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. Care packs, containing items such as masks, face shields, sanitiser, oximeters and oxygen concentrators were also provided to students, staff, and service contractors, as well as 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.