22 Oct '11, 5am

Demand for free cooked meals in Singapore rising, welfare groups with food programmes report spike in numbers

Demand for free cooked meals in Singapore rising, welfare groups with food programmes report spike in numbers

Volunteers packing food at the HighPoint Community Services Association in Geylang, where the kitchen has been fitted with specialised bulk-cooking equipment. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO By Janice Tai Vegetables and bread were given out for free initially but one man refused the greens - because he could not cook. That was when a group of volunteers, who founded Willing Hearts eight years ago, decided to offer cooked meals. Today, it provides 2,500 cooked meals a day in 25 locations islandwide, mainly void decks, churches and temples. Other groups have also expanded free-meal schemes as the demand grows from the poor, elderly, sick, disabled, unemployed, single parents and foreign workers. Willing Hearts started handing out bread to migrant workers in 2003. Nine parishioners from the Church of St Michael founded it with the support of the Canossian Daughters of Charity. Pleas...

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