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Introducing our very own and new series: “Our Foodbanker Stories”! 

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An original series produced by The Food Bank Singapore where we tell the stories of our FoodBankers past and present, and what it’s like when we say once a foodbanker, always a foodbanker.

We started filming this series with the intent to show the audience what it means to be a Foodbanker #irl. More importantly, the firsthand stories of how FBSG has gotten to where we are today because of the passionate individuals that have come on board the team over the past ten years. 

There’s never a dull moment at The Food Bank Singapore, you’ll see! 

Catch the 5 episodes released bi-weekly here.

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During the June holidays, we had over 100 Juniors Club members gather from all over Singapore attend our June sessions! We had a fun and engaging “Adventures with Bala and Friends” programme for our children ages 5-9 years old and “Joy in Every Bundle” programme for our 10-16 years old. Our little ones participated in hands-on activities to develop an understanding of food waste and food insecurity.
What is FBSG’s Juniors Club Programme?

FBSG’s Juniors Club Programme builds awareness among the littlest members of our community and involves them in making an impactful, positive social change. Here at The Food Bank Singapore, we believe that it is critical to plant the seed of service and social responsibility starting at a young age. Through a range of experiential learning opportunities and a highly engaging curriculum, our young participants develop an understanding of food insecurity and food wastage in Singapore. This empowers them to take informed, purposeful steps towards ending hunger.

We are very grateful to all the children who attended these sessions and all the parents who supported our event! A big thank you to all the volunteers who led these sessions and not forgetting our very own FBSG team that made this possible.
AND IT’S A WRAP!

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2022 has been a year of uncertainty and insecurity.

According to the latest MAS survey, the overall inflation rate for the whole of 2022 is projected to reach 5%. Consequently, food prices have and will inevitably rise. Along with unexpected events such as Malaysia’s halt of chicken exports, panic buying and hoarding, anyone at any moment can be vulnerable to food insecurity, even in an affluent country such as Singapore.

Food insecurity is a real threat and Food banks are vital to supporting families in need before, during and after a crisis. Help FBSG continue our crucial work in service of our community.

Here is how you can help:

To Fund a Beneficiary for 1 Month, SGD$100 is all it takes. (S$3.30 per day, less than a cup of bubble tea)

  • SGD$25 pledges 1 Food Bundle to 1 Beneficiary.
  • SGD$50 funds 1 Food Bank Card to 1 Beneficiary for 15 Days.
  • SGD$100 funds 1 Food Bank Card to 1 Beneficiary for 30 Days.

Donate now for a brighter and food secure future in Singapore!

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Partake in a sumptuous meal of chilli crab, kaya toast, satay or donate to the food insecure by supporting the Koorimo Cafe, FBSG vending machine or better yet adopt Koorimo herself!

The Food Bank Singapore is honoured to announce our latest partnership with Smobler Studios to launch a new series of premium and essential asset collection featuring FBSG’s brand ambassador, KooriMo in Cobbleland. This is part of FBSG’s venture into tapping on the metaverse for good.

About the collection

A comprehensive collection of FBSG NFTs has been created by Smobler Studios in Cobbleland including KooriMo’s very own KooriMo Cafe that serves up its famous Kaya Toast, Kopi Tarik, Chilli Crab, Satay and popular bento boxes! There is even a Food Bank Vending Machine that dispenses food and grocery items using a food bank card! Each one of these assets come with their very own digital utility as well as a physical utility.

#metaverseforgood

Watch the interview between FBSG’s Co-founder Nichol Ng, Marketing Executive Subaa Subramaniam and Smobler Studio’s Co-founder Dr. Loretta Chen where they talk about why FBSG is venturing into the metaverse to do good and create an inclusive space on web3.

Life in the metaverse translates to doing good in real life

You can now support the food insecure in Singapore when you visit the KooriMo Cafe in Cobbleland. Partake in a meal of Singapore delights, dispense food from the FBSG vending machine or adopt KooriMo herself! This partnership with Smobler Studio will see 50% of the proceeds from asset sales donated to The Food Bank Singapore to create a brighter, food secure future for Singapore!

The full list of assets can be viewed on https://www.cobble.land/ and will be made available for sale on 12th August 2022 on The Sandbox Marketplace.

Check out Sandbox Marketing place here.

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We are humbled and super ecstatic to share that we have just received a 1-for-1 grant from Singapore’s Tote Board! 

In this grant, for every dollar that is donated, Tote Board will match the amount. 

This means that the impact of every dollar donated to FBSG is now doubled!

How will your contribution help?

The funds we raise in this campaign will support our food aid programmes – Joy in Every Bundle, Food Bank Card and Tap-A-Meal.

With rising food prices and inflations driving core consumer prices, it has become more challenging and costly to provide food aid. What’s more, in these uncertain times, anyone and any family is susceptible to food insecurity.

Donate to the campaign on https://s.giving.sg/cpC5ja9 now and make your donations go twice as far! Fund our mission to build a brighter, food secure future!

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FOOD BANK SINGAPORE INTRODUCES A COLLECTION OF HONORARY NON FUNGIBLE TOKENS

FBSG has launched NFTs for auction

FBSG has launched its first ever #NFTforgood. In collaboration with leading metaverse architects Smobler Studios, FBSG has released 3 sets of art NFTs featuring FBSG’s OG foodbanker, ‘Koorimo’. These NFTs have been put up for auction on OpenSea and each NFT is tagged with a unique utility that ties back to a FBSG initiative for our donors. The proceeds raised from the auction of the NFTs will go towards FBSG’s Bank Card Programme to support 10,000 beneficiaries with food and daily essentials.

“NFT is a cool and interesting way to use art to spread our messages. From ourmetaverse experiment, we hope to share lessons learnt with fellow non-government organisations (NGOs) so that they too can consider this space fortheir fundraising efforts,” said Nichol Ng, Co-founder of FBSG.

What are the 3 NFTs meant for

The following are the three honorary NFTs that will be featured. 

1. Masak Masak: What’s Cookin’?

What’s Cookin’ depicts Koorimo cooking up a dish at FBSG’s Masak Masak event. This token gives the holder privileged access to an exclusive 1 on 1 dinner chat with FBSG’s Phygital Ambassador, Yung Raja. 

2. Drive Hunger Away – From SG to Infinity!

This piece features Koorimo flagging off at the ‘Drive Hunger Away’ startline. This token gives the holder privileged access to conduct the official flag-off or be one of the first cars to drive off at FBSG’s annual Drive Hunger Away in October 2022. This year’s event will be the first ever regional event involving car clubs from Singapore, Malaysia and beyond! 

3. Tap a Meal, Tap to End Hunger!

This NFT art features Koorimo at one of FBSG’s Food Pantry 2.0 using a Bank Card to get access to food and essentials at the Food Pantry Vending Machines.The holder of this token will be granted the adoption of three (3) Food Pantry Vending Machines to be skinned and branded in his/her honour for up to one year. The holder may select the vending machine of choice from any of the 45 locations in Singapore and will get first hand involvement in the design of the skinning of the machine. 

Successful bidders will also be one of the first in Singapore to receive an honorary feature mention in FBSG’s Hall of Fame of Crypto-Philanthropists.

How to place a bid? 

Step 1: Set up Metamask Wallet (Click here for instructions if you need help with setting up your Metamask wallet)

Step 2:  Find our NFTs

  1. Head to OPENSEA.IO
  2. Search for “FBSG KooriMo NFT”

Step 3: Choose your favourite NFTs and join the auction!

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To accept cryptocurrency donations, appoint phygital ambassador and launch NFTs

The Food Bank Singapore (FBSG) will be going phygital (a combination of physical and digital) and entering the realm of the metaverse.

On April 21, it will mark its metaverse debut with the auction of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to raise funds to support 10,000 beneficiaries in Singapore with food and essential items for one year.

The honorary art NFTs will feature FBSG’s mascot KooriMo and include a unique utility to benefit and honour the successful bidder. The three sets are drawn by an artist from Smobler Studios, which will be appointed as FBSG’s metaverse partner.

Smobler Studios is a leading metaverse architect that owns Cobbleland in Sandbox, currently the biggest metaverse. Plans are underway to build KooriLand by FBSG along with assets that can be sold in the metaverse to raise funds to support the food bank’s mission of ending food insecurity in Singapore.

“We are piloting this move into the metaverse as a new way of fund raising. It’s an exciting new world that lets us experiment with different concepts and reach out beyond Singapore to a global audience. NFT is a cool and interesting way to use art to spread our messages. From our metaverse experiment, we hope to share lessons learnt with fellow non-government organisations so that they too can consider this space for their fundraising efforts. We also warmly welcome government agencies to work alongside us to make the metaverse a safe and secured mode of donation,” said Nichol Ng, Co-founder of FBSG.

Interested donors can take part in the honorary art NFT auction on OpenSea, which will be held from April 21 to April 24, 2022, 11.59pm.

Crypto donations and phygital ambassador

To align with the new economy and make it more convenient for a new generation of tech savvy donors, FBSG will be accepting cryptocurrency as donations. The innovative move will provide a new source of funds as well as set the pace for other charities to follow suit.

FBSG will also be appointing its first phygital ambassador on the 21st of April. His identity will be revealed at the auction event.

Celebrating a decade of feeding and fighting food insecurity

The move to phygital is part of FBSG’s 10th anniversary celebration, which began with a panel discussion on the findings of The Hunger Report Part II last month. A slew of activities in response to the findings will be held over the next eight months.

These include a S$12 million fund-raising campaign to provide 10,000 Bank Cards for 12 months to those in need. Recipients can use the cards at the targeted 1,000 food and beverage outlets that FBSG is onboarding under its Feed the City initiative. The cards can also be used at more than 60 vending machines dispensing food and daily essentials in Singapore.

FBSG is also creating a National Feeding Directory to make information on food aid more accessible and easily available. The directory hopes to unite all charities and programmes in Singapore on one platform.

“We are very happy at the ripple effect that we have managed to create within the ecosystem over the past decade. While we are still nowhere close to completing our mission of ending food insecurity in Singapore, we have come quite far in creating more awareness,” said Ng.

Join us at the media event as we unveil the Koorimo NFTs for bidding

Event Details

Date: 21 April 2022, Thursday
Time: 11AM to 1PM

The auction will be launched at a physical event. 

Register your interest to attend the auction here.

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Changing the way we feed Singapore, we are empowering beneficiaries and restoring dignity through the power of autonomy.

The distribution of food to beneficiaries has traditionally been done through a “one size fits all approach” by predefining food bundles consisting of regular staple and non-perishable items. However, based on the findings from The Hunger Report Part II and conversations with our feeding partners, we have found that such an approach can lead to food wastage as food staples distributed to beneficiaries may not always be suitable for their dietary needs. 

Developed to address the needs and to redefine the way beneficiaries receive food aid in Singapore, this initiative empowers beneficiaries with the ability to select and manage when and what they eat.

How it works

Under the Feed The City Tap A Meal initiative, FBSG partners with F&B establishments to provide meals to beneficiaries of our Feeding Partners using FBSG’s Bank Cards. Beneficiaries only need to tap the Bank Card Readers to make the redemption.

“We learnt that people prefer cooked food, want to choose their own food, and want to eat at their own time. With the lack of feeding programmes that meet such needs, we decided to change the way we feed Singapore.” Nichol Ng, Co-founder of FBSG. 

FBSG’s Bank Card Programme is a smart wallet pre-loaded with credits every month in which beneficiaries can redeem meals of their choice from participating F&B outlets and FBSG’s Food Pantry at any time.

Feed The City Tap A Meal is the 3rd run of the Feed The City initiative that first launched in 2019. 

Locations

Beneficiaries can receive meals and essentials from the following locations:

Feeding the hungry is now just a tap away

Partner us to support 10,000 beneficiaries with monthly food and essentials

Feed The City Tap A Meal relies on fundraisers all year round to provide hot, nutritious meals and essentials to Singaporeans who need it.

$100 per month provides aid for meals and essentials to a beneficiary

Your contribution will help prevent hunger for someone today and end food insecurity in all forms in Singapore.

Sign up as a F&B Partner to the Feed The City Tap A Meal Initiative


The Feed The City Tap A Meal initiative not only provides support to beneficiaries. It provides new revenue streams and support for F&Bs and hawkers that participate as F&B Partners.

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The Bank Card Programme was developed by FBSG as a new vehicle for beneficiaries to receive food aid from our various feeding initiatives. Inline with the intent to improve the dignity of beneficiaries, the Bank Card was created with the aim of providing the freedom of choice and autonomy in food aid.

The Bank Card Programme is a smart wallet that is pre-loaded with credits every month. With the bank cards, beneficiaries can receive food from participating F&B outlets and Food Bank’s Food Pantry at any time.

Each Bank Card has 100 virtual credits that are topped up automatically each month. Beneficiaries are able to redeem meals and food items from FBSG’s two initiatives: 

Where can it be used?

Under the Feed The City Tap A Meal initiative, the Bank Cards can be used at the following locations & F&Bs:

  • 150 Fei Siong eateries
  • Encik Tan outlets 
  • Selected Subway outlets (30 locations)
  • Boleh Boleh@Clementi 

Bank Cards can also be used to redeem food and daily essential items from FBSG’s Food Pantry locations. 

How do you get a Bank Card?

The Bank Cards are currently available from our Feeding Partners. In order to qualify for a Bank Card, beneficiaries must be formally registered with a feeding partner.

Sign up as a F&B Partner to the Feed The City Tap A Meal Initiative


The Feed The City Tap A Meal initiative not only provides support to beneficiaries. It provides new revenue streams and support for F&Bs and hawkers that participate as F&B Partners.

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The Hunger Report Part 1 was first launched in 2018 revealing findings that one in 10 Singaporeans face some form of food insecurity. This 25th March 2022, in partnership with Lien Center for Social Innovation and Tolaram, we are launching part 2 of the Hunger Report – Targeting specific needs in the wake of COVID-19.

“When we started working on the Hunger Report Part I in 2018, the world was a very different place from what it is now. From the first Hunger Report published in 2020, we saw 10.4% of the population face some form of food insecurity which was worrying. Seeing how the pandemic has swept the world by storm, we decided in 2020 to follow up closely with The Hunger Report Part II to understand better how mindsets and needs have shifted in the midst of this crisis,” Nichol Ng, Co-Founder, FBSG

The Hunger Report Part II will be launched in our upcoming event, Diversity in Hunger – Freedom of Choice. 

Join us in a lively panel discussion with the authors of the report and industry experts where we present the key findings on food insecurity in Singapore, share interesting insights and discuss recommendations moving forward. 

Event Details

Date: 25 March 2022
Time: 9.30am-12pm
This panel discussion is a hybrid session that will be conducted onsite
and streamed online on FBSG’s LinkedIn and Facebook Live.

About the Panel Moderator

Ms Nichol Ng

Co-founder, The Food Bank Singapore

Nichol co-founded The Food Bank Singapore, together with her brother in 2012, after witnessing the level of food waste prevalent in their industry. She is also the CEO of X-Inc Pte Ltd (a group of companies in food distribution) and a member of YPO — a global leadership community of extraordinary chief executives — amongst others.

About the Panelists

Dr. Dalvin Sidhu

Programme Manager, Lien Centre for Social Innovation (LCSI)

Dr. Dalvin Sidhu is a Programme Manager at the Lien Centre for Social Innovation (LCSI). Her research interests focus on advocacy for vulnerable groups in Singapore.  She obtained her Ph.D. from Nanyang Technological University. Her educational journey and work in LCSI has equipped her with advanced analytical skills, especially the ability to understand and then synthesise themes from the components of complex problems. Recently, she has been involved in impact assessment, utilising evidence-based procedures in analysing impact.

Dr. Tania Nagpaul

Senior Lecturer, S. R. Nathan School of Human Development, SUSS

Dr. Tania Nagpaul is a Senior Lecturer at the S. R. Nathan School of Human Development, Singapore University of Social Sciences. She obtained her Ph.D. in psychology from Nanyang Technological University and has held research and teaching appointments at premier institutes of higher learning in Singapore. Her research interests include self-determination theory, occupational well-being, social issues surrounding food insecurity, youth-at-risk, low-income workers, and mixed methods research.

Deepak Singhal

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Deepak Singhal is the Managing Director of Consumer Business at Tolaram. He was instrumental in building the successful consumer packaged goods business that Tolaram has today.

He joined Tolaram in Nigeria in November 1999 as the Finance Manager for Multipro before becoming its COO. He then moved on to the CEO role for DUFIL before relocating to Singapore in 2014 to take on his current position. Deepak is a board member for Tolaram Group Inc.

MP Edward Chia

Member of Parliament, Zhenghua Ward, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

Edward Chia is a Singaporean politician and businessman. A member of the governing People’s Action Party (PAP), he is a Member of the 14th Parliament and has been representing the Zhenghua ward of Holland–Bukit Timah Group Representation Constituency (GRC) since 2020.

Edward is also currently the Managing Director of PlaceM and Director of Feed the World. Edward has been known to support and develop Singaporean musicians and culinary talents since 2005.

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https://developers.facebook.com/tools/debug Launching the Hunger Report Part II in a LIVE Panel Discussion Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on...
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Reducing Food Waste in Singapore temp

Reducing Food Waste in Singapore The Food Bank Singapore was recently featured in LianHe Zaobao for its efforts to reduce...
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Donate your excess food to the Food Bank Singapore temp

Donate your excess food to the Food Bank Singapore The Food Bank Singapore was featured in Berita Harian for its...
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The Food Bank Singapore featured in Sin Ming Ri Bao newspaper

Foodlanthropy The Food Bank featured in Sin Ming Ri Bao newspaper Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on linkedin...
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400 volunteers pitch in to pack meals for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan

Foodlanthropy 400 volunteers pitch in to pack meals for victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan pitch in to pack meals for...
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Don’t throw away your CNY goodies, donate them!

Foodlanthropy Don’t throw away your CNY goodies, donate them! away your CNY goodies, donate them! Share on facebook Share on...
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AUGUSTMAN A-List Cookout

Foodlanthropy AUGUSTMAN A-List Cookout
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Food Bank Singapore collects 8 truckloads of excess food at food show

Foodlanthropy Food Bank Singapore collects 8 truckloads of excess food at food show collects 8 truckloads of excess food at...
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Drive Hunger Away returns with 450 cars and 26 tonnes of food

Drive Hunger Away returns with 450 cars and 26 tonnes of food Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on...
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Hello, drivers! Donate and deliver to Drive Hunger Away

Hello, drivers! Donate and deliver to Drive Hunger Away Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share on linkedin Share on...
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Feed the City 3.0 lets the hungry eat what and when they want

Feed the City 3.0 lets the hungry eat what and when they want Share on facebook Share on whatsapp Share...
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