At this store, which is the first of its kind here, beneficiaries can choose up to 12 items a month, "purchasing" them by scanning their beneficiary cards at the counter of the store, which is manned by volunteers. This system will also allow the charity to collect data on dietary preferences of its beneficiaries under a year-long study, targeted at developing a smarter food donation system. Members of the public seeking to donate food can also drop their food items off in a food drop box at the store, rather than having to go to the charity's warehouse.
In some cases, he said, noodles and cooking oil have also been donated to elderly who are unable to cook, resulting in it going to waste. The community shop resolves some of these problems (as) beneficiaries can collect what they need, when they need them.
All these and various other initiatives as well as unsung neighbourhood heroes happening all over Singapore is a heart warming assurance that Singaporeans have the ability to care for the people around them and it shows a strong social resilience for Sigaporeans to get through this crisis together.