On 23rd October 2021, the Vocational Service Committee (VSC) kicked off their Hawker Centre Adoption project to support Alexandra Village Food Centre (AVFC).
This was a Group Buy wherein we bought 125 meals from AVFC hawkers and distributed them to senior citizens living alone in nearby blocks- all under strict SMM guidelines, making Essential House Visits for good delivery.
14 Rotarians/ family members from RCS supported by students representing the Rotaract Club of Singapore operated in pairs, bought food from 6 hawker stalls in AVFC, drove down to pre-identified HDBs in Queenstown and gave the gift of a hot meal to senior citizens living alone there.
Grassroots Advisor Eric Chua graced the occasion, and met the hawkers as well as beneficiaries while extending his support and gratefulness to the teams.
The reaction from the hawkers was heartwarming to say the least. One stall owner said business had dropped more than 40% with recent dining restrictions, but she was very happy that the community had taken note and was trying to help them.
Some of the beneficiaries also conveyed their appreciation to the sponsors, organisers and volunteers for their concern and love.
Many thanks to the various people that made this possible, including People’s Association & Lions Befrienders for helping identify the beneficiaries, Paul Liew from AVFC for hawker coordination and SG Digital Office for bringing the various teams together.
A big thank you to all the donors who contributed towards the meals and the volunteers who came forward to make this group buy and food distribution effort a big success!