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Some 150 needy families in the Jalan Kayu area received S$30,000 worth of food items and cash vouchers on Saturday, under a food sharing initiative called the Care and Share programme.
SINGAPORE: Some 150 needy families in the Jalan Kayu area received S$30,000 worth of food items and cash vouchers on Saturday, under a food sharing initiative called the Care and Share programme.
They received the items from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Hwi Yoh Community Centre during the Jalan Kayu Community Day.
Jalan Kayu’s Care and Share programme encourages residents to help their needy neighbours through contributions of groceries and necessities, and may be expanded to include private estate residents as well in the future.
The families each received about S$200 worth of groceries and cash vouchers.
Among the beneficiaries is 60-year-old Madam Normah Mohd Arof.
It has been a difficult year for Madam Normah -- she, along with her family members, suffer from a history of medical problems.
Her family has been making ends meet through the sole income of her husband.
But under the programme, she receives some daily food necessities -- a gesture that goes a long way.
Madam Normah said: "My husband just joined the work. Not yet one month. I must wait for the pay, then pay for my house, rent and all the water bills."
The Care and Share programme was started in 2012, and this year, it has grown from a resident-to-resident approach to include community partners.
The food items were sponsored by the Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS), a community partner of the programme.
The programme's initiator, Member of Parliament (MP) for Ang Mo Kio GRC, Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar, said private estate residents may also be brought in for additional contributions.
Dr Intan said: "Currently, it's really about the HDB estates, of neighbours helping neighbours. But if we can extend it to the private estate residents, it will be very meaningful for both parties.
“We learn from one another and it goes to show that there is no segregation between private and HDB estate residents."
Presently, 300 families have received items under the programme.