As Food Bank Singapore says, “Why bin it, when you can still eat it?”. Food is one of the basic requirements of sustaining life. Then, isn’t it a tragedy that some have none and others have surplus that they think nothing of before wasting? If you are sensitised enough to understand the importance of your surplus for another person, Singapore has plenty of places that welcome your donations and deliver the food to the hungry and the needy. Food Bank even has bank boxes spread out all over the island, giving you no excuse to let any morsel go to waste.
And with the festive season here, let’s think beyond just our surplus and help the less fortunate by gifting essentials like groceries. There are several charitable organisations that work tirelessly to feed the needy and welcome donations-in-kind. And if you don’t have the time to head-out, you can simply order groceries online (from NTUC or Redmart) and have them delivered to organisations like Food from the Heart or Fei Yue.
So pick a cause that resonates with you and give the gift of food. Here are a few suggestions for charities/organisations that you could choose to donate food to.
The Food Bank Singapore
The Food Bank Singapore has been working tirelessly to reduce food wastage in Singapore. They collect surplus food in the market and provide it to organisations and people in need of food. Food Bank has bank boxes located all over the island and gladly takes food that is within its expiry date. Whether it is a packet of chips or canned food, Food Bank will deliver it to a family or person who needs it. Their beneficiaries include Family Service Centres, Senior Activity Centres, Soup kitchens, Religious Establishments, Schools with children from low-income families, and other Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWO). Do note that Food Bank does not ask you to buy food to donate, their aim is to use surplus – so look through your kitchen cabinets and drop off those unused package foods.
Donate: All types of non-perishable food items that are unexpired, unopened, with at least one week of shelf-life
Locations: Food Bank Warehouse at 39 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Distripark, #01-2/04, Singapore 089065. Bank Boxe @ City Square Mall; Bank Box @ Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove; Colby Cage @ Giant Vivomart B2; Bank Box @ NUS OC Techno Edge (Engineering Canteen). Several more Bank Boxes located accross Singapore, locations and addresses here. P: +65 68315395
Food from the Heart (FFTH)
Food from the Heart is a non-profit charity that welcomes donations in cash and kind, as one time donations, and also on a regular basis. Their goal is to reach out to the less-fortunate and brighten their lives by alleviating hunger through a food distribution programme. As of 2017, they work with over 1,700 volunteers, and reach 35,500 beneficiaries across Singapore. They accept and distribute non-perishable items, Donations can be dropped off at their warehouse or you can order online from supermarkets like NTUC and have the goods delivered to their warehouse.
Donate: Non-perishable items like rice, biscuits, oil, sugar, salt, condensed milk, button mushrooms, baked beans and beverages.
Location: Donations in-kind can be dropped (Mondays to Fridays 10am – 5pm) off at their warehouse at 130 Joo Seng Road #03-01 Singapore 368357. P: +65 6280-GIVE (4483). You are strongly encouraged to call before making your way down.
An independent, secular charity, Willing Hearts operates a soup kitchen that prepares, cooks and distributes about 5,000 daily meals to over 40 locations island wide, 365 days a year. Beneficiaries include the elderly, the disabled, low income families, children from single parent families or otherwise poverty stricken families, and migrant workers in Singapore. Willing Hearts accepts donations of provisions.
Donate: Suggested donation items include rice, Bee Hoon, macaroni, oil (canola or sunflower), salt, pepper, sugar (preferably Raw), tomato sauce, chilli sauce, sesame oil, soy sauce.
Location: Deliver (between 4.30am to 3pm) to Willing Hearts, 11 Jalan Ubi Blk 6, #01-51 Kembangan – Chai Chee Community Hub, Singapore 409074. P: +65 6743 0725, +65 6743 0705, +65 6476 5822
Lions Home For The Elders
Lions Home for the Elders is a Voluntary Welfare Organisation (VWO) that actively promotes and employs best practices in providing services and programmes for the ageing community. Food and essentials donations are welcomed, as long as they are not close to their expiry date. They have a Wishlist online that they keep updating based on current requirements.
Donate: Check Wishlist here. Items might include Groceries like bean curd, bread, buns, canned food, coffee powder, corn, crackers, Dim Sum (like carrot cake, vegetarian pau, yam cake), fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fruit juices (without sugar), fruit jam (no sugar added), Kaya spread (less sugar), milk (evaporated milk, fortified milk powder, UHT milk 1 litre), sugar etc. They also accept Essentials like tissues, toilet paper, towels, men’s items (shorts, pjs, velcro sandals), single fitted sheets, thermal blankets, wheelchair cushions etc.
Location: Bishan Home @ 9 Bishan Street 13, Singapore 579804. P: +65 6252 9900; Bedok Home @ 487 Bedok South Avenue 2, Singapore 469316. P: +65 6244 0667
Ronald McDonald House Charities Singapore
Ronal McDonald House Charities work towards improving health and wellbeing of children. RMHC Singapore is their local chapter that operates a Ronald McDonald House inside National University Hospital, to support families of sick children. You can help by volunterring with them. Corporate and individual donors are also welcome.
Donate: Snacks (nuts, cookies, crackers, chocolates), Instant/Cup noodles, spreads (margarine, peanut butter, Nutella and jam), tea, coffee and Milo in sachets. You can also donate Gift Certificates (from Cold Storage, NTUC, Sheng Siong and Giant Supermarkets). They suggest that all food items be individually packed to avoid cross-contamination.
Location: Ronald McDonald House at 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, National University Hospital Main Building, Level 4, Singapore 119074. P: +65 6778 1934
Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart is a non-profit welfare service that reaches out to the poor and needy by providing them with food and monetary assistance every month. They have a monthly requirement for food items that can be donated. You can also volunteer with them for food distribution.
Donate: Biscuits, coffee mix 3-in-1, Milo 3-in-1, sugar (1 kg bag), cooking oil (1 litre), rice (5 kg bag), VitaSoy Bean milk (6 packs), milk powder (700g bag), eggs, peanut butter (small), Horlicks 3-in-1. Toiletries like bath soap (6 pack), washing powder (1 kg bag), toothpastes & toothbrushes.
Location: 9 Selegie Road #03-33 Singapore 180009. P: +65 6333 9439
A voluntary organisation that donates to the elderly and families in need, Fei Yue encourages food donations. Any surplus food with a shelf life of at least 3 months is accepted. You can also buy food ration items for the needy online from FairPrice Online for beneficiaries. Register or sign into an existing account and donate by clicking on ‘Donate to VWOs’ and then on ‘Fei Yue Community Services’. You can donate to the elderly, for low-income families or educational toys and books to children. There is also a wish-list here that you can fulfil.
Donate: Rice, noodles, milk powder, biscuits, canned food, beverages, pasta, pasta sauce, condiments, cereal, vermicelli, oil etc.
Location: 20 Lengkok Bahru, Block B, #03-02, Singapore 159053. P: +65 6819 9177
Club Rainbow (Singapore) is an independent charity that supports and empowers children with chronic illnesses & their families. They rely largely on corporate and public donations to support their mission and sustain their daily operations. In kind donations are given to needy families supported by Club Rainbow.
Donate: The items most in demand are milk powder, diapers, food provisions. You can also donate Pediasure and cooking oil (Halal). If you would like to make in-kind donations, please contact them at 6377 1789.
Location: Blk 538 Upper Cross Street, #05-263/269, Singapore 050538
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