NTUC launches food and nutrition program for around 2,500 low-income families
SINGAPORE – NTUC First Campus (NFC) plans to support approximately 2,500 low-income families this year through a $ 350,000 food and nutrition program.
It aims to support families with a monthly household income of less than $ 4,500 – or with a monthly per capita income of less than $ 1,125 – and whose child is enrolled in one of over 140 My First Skool preschools. of NFC.
The program, which includes food packaging as well as health and nutrition workshops, is funded by donors from NFC’s Bright Horizons Fund, which includes investment holding company Pavilion Capital, CEO and executive director of Seviora Holdings Jimmy Phoon, and FairPrice. Foundation, the charity created by the NTUC FairPrice supermarket chain.
Mr. Seah Kian Peng, CEO of NTUC Enterprise Group, said: “NTUC First Campus has partnered with FairPrice Group to support low-income families and their children in a new food and nutrition program in order to make daily necessities accessible to them. “
Food packaging will include healthy items such as fruits and vegetables, FairPrice House branded food products with the “Healthier Choice” label and Kopitiam cards.
The health and nutrition workshops will cover various topics related to children’s health, such as preparing healthy meals and preventing myopia.
Ms. Chan Su Yee, CEO of NTUC First Campus, said, “Nutrition is essential for early childhood development and learning. This initiative is part of our efforts to give a head start to low-income families who often face greater nutrition challenges. “
The program, which will last until the end of this year, will benefit families like that of Mr. Teo Peng Keng, 56, a former peddler.
He lives with his wife, also unemployed, and two children, a three-year-old son and a 15-month-old daughter, in a rented apartment in Chin Swee Road.
Mr Teo, who is still looking for a job, said the food packaging would ease his financial burden as more than half of his household’s $ 1,150 monthly government assistance goes towards daily necessities.
Mr. Teo also participated in a workshop on health and nutrition as part of the program.
“I learned to cook macaroni with carrots. Then I made them for my family and they enjoyed it.”