Communities Provided with Meals
Good Food For Community was started to help underserved communities fight hunger and provide hot meals during this circuit breaker period.
Thanks to your generosity and support, we have served more than 53,000 meals to 28 communities from 7 April till 1 June.
We are still committed to serving meals to some of these underserved communities and are currently running phase three of this initiative.
Phase Three: 02 June to 31 July 2020 (ongoing)
Meals to be served: 26,629 meals
Amount fundraised: Presently reaching out to like-minded organisations for support to make this possible
Phase Four: 01 August to 31 December 2020
Meals projected to be served: 64,001 meals
Fundraising effort: Presently reaching out to like-minded organisations for support to make this possible
Let us all ensure that nobody will go hungry during this period.
Frequently Asked Questions
About The Initiative
How will my donations be used?
Your donations will be channelled towards the purchase of meals and food delivery costs to Manna Pot. 100% of your donations go towards the initiative and there will be no administrative or manpower costs claimed for this initiative by Common Ground, Society Staples Cares or The Thought Collective.
Who is authorized to collect these donations?
Society Staples Cares is the authorized partner to collect donations for the purposes of this initiative.
Organisation details: Society Staples Cares Limited (UEN No: 201914205D)
How long will this initiative run?
We presently aim to support 2 meals daily for communities in need during this circuit breaker period (6 April to 1 June 2020).
This is however dependent on the amount of funds raised.
Are the meals halal-certified?
Yes. Manna Pot is a caterer with a valid halal certification from MUIS, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore.
We have acquired a copy of their halal-certification as proof of documentation.
How will meals be delivered?
The meals will be sent directly by the food caterer to the social service agency which in turn delivers to the respective communities.
What are the precautions in place for the meal delivery?
The food caterer and social service agency will adhere to the measures recommended by the various government agencies which include wearing of masks, appropriate social distancing measures and ensuring contactless delivery.
How do I get in touch with the team?
If you have further questions, please email us at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
Will I get tax deductions for my donations?
Can I support by providing food which has no pork or no lard?
To ensure that the meals provided are able to reach out to as many people as possible, including the Muslim communities, we have taken the step to ensure that the meals provided are halal-certified. Aside from this, we have also requested for meals which do not include beef, seafood or nuts to cater to other dietary requirements, and to minimise the possibility of allergic reactions.
According to the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS):
“Halal' is an Arabic word which means lawful or permissible. Any food or drink which falls under this category is permitted for Muslim consumption. Examples of Halal food include vegetables, spices and meat deriving from animals slaughtered in accordance with the Islamic Law.
Halal-certified means that the company has gone through a stringent process of desktop and site audits to ensure that they are indeed providing halal food. If a company is not halal-certified, it does not mean that they are also not halal. However, we would advise consumers to look out for the halal certificate for greater assurance, especially if the company is dealing with high risk items involving meat, poultry or their derivatives.”
For more information on the definition of halal-certified food items, you may refer to the explanation provided by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) using this link - https://eservices.muis.gov.sg/ifaq/apps/fcd_faqmain.aspx#FAQ_155768
Who are the organisations behind Good Food For Community?
Who is Good Food For Community serving?
Updates On Initiative
Why are you raising so much money?
On 6 April, we aim to help up to 300 people to have at least 2 full meals a day for the next 10 days, this works out to about 4,600 meals. Our target of $14,800 means that each person will be able to receive a meal which cost $3.21 per meal.
As of 10 April, we are now serving over 1000 meals on certain days. We want to assure all donors that 100% of donations raised, go towards the meals (including delivery) and Common Ground, Society Staples Cares, or The Thought Collective do not receive any money from this initiative.
If these vulnerable communities are already being supported by the Government, why are you still doing this?
Throughout this period, Good Food for Community has been working closely with social service agencies (SSAs). These are non-profit organisations who are serving these communities and assessing their needs.
Social service agencies have been reaching out to the community and are trying to understand and support existing and emerging needs on the ground. However, there is a limitation to the number of people in the community which they can reach out to and the speed at which the support can be given.
With the recent measures, it also added another challenge for social service agencies to reach out to certain parts of the community in need. We saw the opportunity to support the good heart work our social service agencies are doing, and wanted to help ease some of the burden on these communities by serving ready to eat, halal certified meals, before other forms of support from the SSAs come into place.
Why is there an increase in demand for support?
The rapidly changing situation such as the tightening circuit breaker measures means social service agencies receive more complex needs from the communities they are already serving, and which may require more time for each request to be addressed.
In addition, they are also receiving new requests from families who were previously able to manage on their own but are currently affected by these measures such as the sudden loss of job or income or having more family members staying at home, increasing the household expenses. These individuals have reached out to social service agencies to request for assistance and form part of the communities we serve.
The resulting scale of the requests means there is a challenge for all of these demands to be addressed in a timely manner.