Singapore Soka Association Co-organizes Community Outreach Food Project
On the weekend of August 18-19, Singapore Soka Association (SSA) and the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) Eldercare Co-operative co-organized a food donation drive. Named "Bags of Hope 2," the initiative collected provisions for, put together and distributed food packs to low-income families in the community.
Supported by the Central Singapore Community Development Council, the food drive targeted 300 families registered with four NTUC Eldercare Senior Activity Centres. All of the families live in Housing and Development Board one-room flats and have incomes of less than SG$900 (US$725) a month.
On August 18, Soka Volunteer Group (SVG) members joined members of a group of men who provide logistic support for SSA's various activities at the Bukit Merah Community Centre to sort food items donated by the public and SSA members that morning. The food was divided into a total of 1,200 packages, each containing items such as cooking oil, instant noodles, biscuits and canned food. The packages were then distributed to the four NTUC Eldercare centers to be delivered to the families.
The following day some 500 SSA members worked in teams of 4-6 people to hand-deliver four bags of food and a trolley containing two bags of rice to each family.
A 72-year-old SVG member who had also participated in "Bags of Hope 2009" commented, "I am very happy to be involved in this event again, as I can exercise and feel vibrant being able to join so many other volunteers and young people in this meaningful cause to help others. I feel younger, energetic, and proud to be able to contribute!"
[Adapted from reports from Singapore Soka Association (SSA); photos courtesy of SSA]