Project Belanja commits to deliver 6,675 catered meals to migrant workers to bring relief to them during this COVID19 crisis - In association with ItsRainingRaincoats
Apr 13, 2020

Restaurant Association of Singapore activates members to turnaround within hours to provide meals for migrant workers in light of rapidly developing situation.

10 April 2020 --( ASIA TODAY )-- More than 100 homegrown restaurants, cafes and food chains have come together in support of Project Belanja. The project was originally conceived as a meal voucher programme for those from the lower-income group and migrant workers. Project Belanja has to date, raised a total of $188,701 with $46,701 raised via and the rest from private donations. The fundraising effort will continue till the end of 2020.

The first recipient was Daughters Of Tomorrow (DOT), a charity that supports women from low-income families to access livelihood opportunities. Meal vouchers were provided to the women supported by DOT. Project Belanja also isupports ItsRainingRaincoats, an initiative that supports migrant workers.

Given the current crisis, at this time and until further notice, all future donations will henceforth be exclusively used for the purpose of catering meals for migrant workers supported by ItsRainingRaincoats. We have taken this step in response to the outpouring of concern for our migrant workers who are now being confined to their dormitories, with some reaching out to ask for catered meals.

“We saw the need to ramp up the supply of hearty cooked food to cheer up the migrant workers community and let them know they are appreciated. Since 8 April, we’ve activated our members in the catering business, to turn around in hours, to cook, pack and deliver 2,139 bento sets to various dormitories. With additional donations from RAS MC members and several private donors, we can activate more members to fulfil more meal requests. I’m heartened that RAS members are pitching in despite the challenges faced by the F&B industry.” Edward Chia, RAS Lead for Project Belanja and RAS Management Committee Member.

To date meals have been delivered to Robin Village Development Pte Ltd, Cassia @ Penjuru, Kranji Lodge 1, Tuas South Dormitory by Shiok! Kitchen Catering, Stamford Catering and Liang Food Caterer. In total there will be 6,675 meals delivered by 4 May.

Project Belanja is helmed by charity organisation Blossom World Society and the Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS). Those who would like to contribute to the cause can visit to donate to Project Belanja fund or simply scan the QR code found on posters that have been put up at the premises of participating restaurants. Meal vouchers will then be given out to participating charity organisations to be distributed to their beneficiaries who can head to participating restaurants to exchange the vouchers for a meal funded by these donations.

“I thank the many Singaporeans who have donated generously to Project Belanja to start a food chain of good to cheer others up with a satisfying meal. Beyond helping beneficiaries including our migrant workers, the project also helps our much-loved dining establishments to continue their businesses even during the COVID-19 period. I am especially touched that some F&B establishment owners, despite their businesses being hard-hit, have also made donations to this project because they want to help others. This is the true gotong royong spirit.” Ms Sim Ann, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Communications and Information & Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and advisor for Restaurant Association of Singapore.

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About Restaurant Association of Singapore (RAS)
As the pioneer and largest F&B Association in Singapore, Restaurant Association of Singapore has more than 450 members, representing close to 700 brands that operate more than 3,600 outlets. Our members comprise a good mix of business models such as restaurants, caterers, fast foods and food courts, with various cuisine types, thus providing a wholesome view and opinion, with the common goal to propel the industry forward.

Since 1980, RAS has acted as a collective voice for the F&B industry and strives to advance the industry through various platforms such as bridging closer working relationships between businesses and government agencies, networking events for members, recognition and awards platforms and administering programmes to drive business success.

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