$89,742

Dollars raised

53,087

Meals served

28

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. 

Some communities we have served over the last few months are still requiring meal support and we are committed to supporting them for as long as we possibly come to ensure nobody goes hungry.

These are the updates for what has been happening post circuit breaker period.

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

Total underserved communities served from Phase 1 to Phase 3: 28 communities
1) SHINE Children & Youth Services - Spooner Road
2) Care Singapore - Bedok North Ave 3
3) Care Singapore - Serangoon Ave 1
4) Care Singapore - Victoria Lane
5) Bless Community Services - Yio Chu Kang
6) Beyond Social Services - Jalan Kukoh
7) Beyond Social Services - Maude Road
8) Beyond Social Services - Meiling Street
9) Beyond Social Services - Beach Road
10) Beyond Social Services - 7 North Bridge Road
11) Beyond Social Services - Ghim Moh
12) Beyond Social Services - Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
13) Beyond Social Services - Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
14) Beyond Social Services - Redhill
15) Beyond Social Services - Whampoa Drive
16) Beyond Social Services - Yishun St 22
17) Beyond Social Services - Jln Minyak
18) Beyond Social Services - Jalan Tenteram
19) Beyond Social Services - 9 North Bridge Road
20) Beyond Social Services - Jln Bukit Ho Swee
21) Kaki Bukit
22) Individual Families
23) Post Museum - King George Ave (request made through NCSS)
24) Its Raining Raincoats - Meyer Road Construction Site, Tech Park Cresent
25) Fei Yue Family Service Centre - Bukit Batok
26) Fei Yue FSC Choa Chu Kang
27) Lion Befrienders
28) MINDS

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.

It's the first week into the extended circuit breaker and we have updates on meal requests, bringing us to launch the second leg of this fundraiser.

Thanks to your overwhelming support, this is what we have achieved from 6 April to 10 May.

Total Meals Served: 20,019
Total Amount Raised: $49,277.12

Updated figures for the extended circuit breaker
Total Meals to be Served: 9,358
Amount to Fundraise: $45,915.35

Our public fundraising campaign on Ray of Hope for phase 2 of Good Food For Community has come to an end. We have raised a total of $37,288 out of $71,000 for the cost of meals served from 5 May to 1 June 2020.

Below is a summary of the number of meals served thus far.

Phase One: 6 April to 4 May 2020 (completed)
Meals served: 15,848 meals
Amount fundraised: $52,454 via https://www.sswithyou.sg/gffc

Phase Two: 5 May to 1 June 2020 (completed)
Meals served: 37,239 meals
Amount fundraised: $37,288 via https://rayofhope.sg/campaign/gffc

Thank you everyone for your kind generosity and support of this initiative and the team thus far.

We are still committed to serving meals to those who needs them and have embarked on phase 3 of this initiative which covers the period of 2 June to 31 July 2020.

We started with wanting to cover the first ten days of the circuit breaker period by supplying meals to three communities.

With the outpouring of support and generosity from each of you, we are now able to serve halal certified, hot meals across nine different communities, covering the entire duration of the circuit breaker period until 4 May. We will try to update daily as more requests come in.

​New Number of Meals To Be Donated: 9,040
Total Amount Raised: $36,632.37
Total Amount Spent: $29,018.40

Hello everyone, we have launched the second phase of our fundraiser on the Ray Of Hope platform.

https://rayofhope.sg/campaign/gffc/

We are now committed to serving 37,239 meals for the remainder portion of the circuit breaker and will require to fundraise $71,000.

Kindly support us and spread the word around so nobody goes hungry during this period.

Over the last two days, we have received additional requests to supply halal-certified, hot meals to other vulnerable communities around Singapore.

Examples of these vulnerable communities consist of newly low income individuals because of COVID-19 related job loss and individuals falling outside of existing service categories.

Kindly refer to the updated figures below.

​New Number of Meals To Be Donated: 12,600
Total Amount Required: $40,446
Total Amount Raised: $39,164
Shortfall: $1,282

51% of $175,079

$

89,742.00

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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 hello@societystaples.com.sg and shihui@ourcommonground.com.sg




Will I get tax deductions for my donations?


No. Society Staples Cares Limited is registered as a nonprofit, but does not have IPC Status so your donations will not be tax-deductible.




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?


Common Ground (CG) builds civic capacity and bridges the public, people and private sectors to facilitate social innovation for pressing national concerns.
concerns.
TreeDots (TD) redistributes surplus produce to businesses and households at affordable prices, while reducing food loss. Manna Pots (MP) is a halal certified caterer that aims to provide delicious, wholesome food for the soul. Society Staples Cares (SSC) is a unit under Society Staples, an organization whose intervention allows for social communication and action to take place and grow towards an inclusive world. The Thought Collective (TTC) helps individuals and their organisations develop the social and emotional competencies they need to create the cultural change they long to see. TTC’s mission is to build up Singapore’s social and emotional capital. Common Ground is a civic centre founded by TTC, in collaboration with MCCY.




Who is Good Food For Community serving?


Our friends are social service agencies who are presently serving these communities in various areas in Singapore and have seen the increasing support needed from their communities. We have also been in touch with MSF and are coordinating closely with them on this effort to ensure there would be no duplication of the efforts taken by other sector partners who are also taking care of vulnerable communities





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.

Second update:
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.





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