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1 in 10 Singaporeans face food insecurity, and are unable to afford their basic three meals at any point in their lives.

We need your help!

Coffee doing Good, has been set up by a group of the coolest caring cafes in Singapore to help raise money and awareness for our cause.

From 10 December to 10 January, FST coffee beans will be roasted at 5 different cafes across 12 locations! With every bag of FST coffee beans purchased, $10 will be donated to The Food Bank Singapore to support our meal distribution efforts! Your favourite cafes such as Alchemist, Brawn & Brains Coffee, Dutch Colony Coffee, Homeground Coffee Roasters, Little Big Coffee Roasters, PPP Coffee, Venture Drive Coffee are all on board to roast coffee from Finca Santa Teresa of Panama and promise to serve up a good cup of coffee! Head to any of these outlets for your coffee fix that will warm your heart and the hearts of our beneficiaries!

ABOUT FINCA SANTA TERESA

Finca Santa Teresa is a coffee farm perched in the cloudforests of Chiriquí, Panama nestled between Volcán Barú, the tallest point in Panama and the border to Costa Rica. We farm our coffees on 237 acres shaded under natural forest at 1,400 – 1,900 m above sea level. We produce a range of premium specialty coffees, including Gesha, Caturra, Catuai and Pacamara varietals. Our coffees are regular finalists in the Best of Panama competition, with more than a dozen awards in the last deca de.

FST coffee farm Panama is an award winning specialty coffee producer who believes in giving to those in need and continues to support social charities in Panama such as Casa Esperanza (schooling and medical needs). They believe in the power of coffee making a difference here in Singapore by encouraging our friends and partners in cafes to bring awareness to the community.

ABOUT THE FOODBANK SINGAPORE

The Food Bank Singapore acquires donated food from farms, manufacturers, distributors, retail stores, consumers, and other sources, and makes it available to those in need through a network of member beneficiaries.

Co-Founded by Nichol and Nicholas Ng, a pair of siblings running a food distribution business, Our mission is to end food insecurity of all forms in Singapore.
We now have a total of 360 member beneficiaries that includes:

Family Service Centres (FSCs)
Senior Activity Centres (SACs)
Various types of homes (Nursing Homes, Children’s Homes, Halfway houses)
Soup kitchens
Other voluntary welfare organizations (VWOs) and registered charities

10% of Singaporean households experienced food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months. Being food insecure can also be associated to having negative effects on a person’s physical and mental health.

Read more on these issues in the report here.

Take Action today to end food insecurity by feeding a household in need!

Show us your support and help us end food insecurity by donating here: https://www.giving.sg/fbsg

Head over and support these cafes today and with every bag of FST coffee beans purchased, $10 will be donated to The Food Bank Singapore to support our meal distribution efforts!


Alchemist
Established in May 2016, we are a coffee company based in Singapore that is committed to the delivery of great coffee in a simple, no-frills approach. Over the years, we’ve embraced this as our company’s mission and started our own roastery. With a team of dedicated coffee enthusiasts, we made it our goal to introduce the local community to flavours from all around the world through the one thing we all love – coffee.

Locations
Khong Guan Building – 2 MacTaggart Rd, Singapore, 368079
International Plaza – 10 Anson Rd, #01-34, Singapore, 079903
Hong Leong Building – 16 Raffles Quay, #01-08, Singapore, 048581
Design Orchard – 250 Orchard Rd, #03-01, Singapore, 238905

Brawn & Brains
Founded in 2013, Brawn & Brains Coffee is a coffee roastery, café, wholesaler and retailer based in Singapore. We are dedicated to sourcing and roasting high-quality coffee with the primary focus of making good coffee easy to brew, easy to appreciate and accessible to all.

Locations
Guillemard – 100 Guillemard Road #01-02 Singapore 399718
East Coast – 218 East Coast Road Singapore 428916

Dutch Colony Coffee Co
Dutch Colony Coffee Co. was founded in year 2012 with the vision to bring the specialty coffee experience; the roasted bean, a communal space, the intricate  process and the holistic education components to the customers in Singapore, for a start with, where it all started in Singapore 1st Farmer’s Market. From the humble beginning at our first retail outlet at PasarBella at The Grandstand, we have expanded to a total of four retail outlets and a roastery & academy facility. Today, we are also supplying our freshly roasted coffees to cafes inside and outside of Singapore.

Locations
Frankel – 113 Frankel Avenue Singapore 458230
UE Square Mall – 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-21 Singapore 239917
Fusionopolis One – 1 Fusionopolis Way #01-01 Singapore 138632
Defu Lane – 127 Defu Lane 10 #02-03 Singapore 539234

Homeground Coffee Roasters
Homeground Coffee Roasters is a Singapore based coffee roastery, dedicated in sourcing excellent coffees and showcasing the best representation. Over the years, we have been doing our best to establish long term relationships with coffee farmers and traders to bring amazing coffee to you. Beyond a roastery, Homeground is also a community of coffee home brewers dedicated to spreading the message, “The best brew is by you.”

Location
Joo Chiat – 475 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427682

 

Little Big Coffee Roasters
Little Big Coffee is a micro roastery located in the Biopolis area. Started in 2017, we have been serving single origin coffee for the past 3 years with traceability and transparency at the heart of our approach towards specialty coffee.

Locations
Biopolis Way – 8 Biomedical Grove, 01-06, Singapore 138665

PPP Coffee
PPP Coffee, formerly known as Papa Palheta, is a leading specialty coffee boutique specialising in sourcing, roasting and serving specialty coffee. Established in 2009 as the pioneer of specialty coffee in Singapore, its mission is to inspire and connect people through coffee fostering a sense of belonging across communities.

Locations
Funan Shopping Mall – 107 North Bridge Road, #02-19 Funan, Singapore 179105
The Annex (Within Chye Seng Huat Hardware) – 150 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207563

 

Venture Drive Coffee
Venture Drive Coffee opened doors for her first customer in the early part of 2020. Serving in-house roasted coffee beans of single origin exclusively, the dream is simple; to provide an unforgettable coffee experience for EVERY patron who grace their doors.

Locations
Vision Exchange – 2 Venture Drive #02-41, Vision Exchange, 608526

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Why these Singaporean siblings aim to put their food charity ‘out of business’

Why these Singaporean siblings aim to put their food charity ‘out of business’

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The Food Bank Singapore was started by Nichol and Nicholas Ng to tackle food waste and food insecurity. But the siblings hope that one day, there will be no need for such an organisation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a tough time for many Singapore charities, many of which experienced a drop in donations and volunteer count. But it is during such challenging times when the work of non-profit organisations become all the more crucial.

In the past few months, The Food Bank Singapore had to step up its operations in order to bring food to the less privileged and vulnerable communities in the country, who have been harder hit by the pandemic.

The Food Bank Singapore was set up in 2012 by siblings Nichol and Nicholas Ng, third-generation business owners of food distribution company, FoodXervices. The Food Bank acquires donated food from farms, manufacturers, distributors, stores, consumers and other sources, and distributes them to charities within its member network, who then deliver them to beneficiaries.

“We currently have 360 organisations in our network. It includes charities such as Willing Hearts, the Salvation Army and Family Service Centres (FSCs) as well,” older sibling Nichol shared. “The premise of The Food Bank is that as long as you’re a non-profit with a related programme, you can join our network. We consolidate large piles of food, then distribute it to charity organisations. Through our network, we reach out to more than 250,000 people on the ground.”

Amid circuit breaker measures, The Food Bank found themselves having to ramp up their efforts. “Every day, for sure, there would be a handful of people writing in to us directly asking for food aid. And this has never happened as rampantly in the past,” Nichol revealed.

FEEDING THE CITY

The Food Bank, Nichol shared, is not well-known on the ground, as most of the food distribution is conducted through the organisation’s member charities. But when FSCs were closed during the circuit breaker, people began writing in to The Food Bank directly.

“At first we thought it was maybe a handful of people. But it started becoming regular. Every week, there would be someone telling us that they haven’t eaten,” Nichol shared.

“Before COVID-19, we would pass the details over to an FSC in the area who would do some background checks beforehand. But now because of the pandemic, we take it that no one is lying. We would just send food down first, so they can survive for at least a few days while we do some background checks,” Nicholas shared.

For the first time, The Food Bank began distributing cooked meals to the less privileged. “Previously, we did zero cooked food donations or distribution. Then we started distributing about 1,000 to 2,000 meals a day. Now, we are donating about 13,000 meals,” Nicholas said.

Through the organisation’s Feed The City programme, The Food Bank partnered with local F&B businesses to deliver meals to the needy. The programme was a two-pronged approach – while providing meals to the underprivileged, it would also help boost the sales of local F&B businesses, including hawkers, who were badly hit.

As the programme began garnering attention, the founders were approached by Michelin Singapore. The company was keen to partner with The Food Bank to provide food from its Michelin-starred, Bib Gourmand and Plate restaurants and hawkers.

“It was very heartening that these Michelin restaurants wanted to help. We told them that the budget was S$3.50, and even fine-dining restaurants like Odette managed to come up with something. We started getting feedback from beneficiaries that it was the best food they ever had,” Nicholas chirped.

More than just filling their bellies, the siblings believe that the food delivered to the less privileged played a role in lifting their spirits during tough times.

“By getting food from these F&B businesses, we can ensure that 90 per cent of the time, the food our beneficiaries are getting are better than what they are used to. Just like ourselves, when we eat things like chocolate, or desserts like cake and brownies, our spirits are lifted. People tend to forget that food is nourishing not just for the tummy, but for the soul as well,” Nichol mused.

TACKLING FOOD WASTE

When The Food Bank first started nine years ago, it was the first of its kind to exist in Singapore. Although not new in other countries, the concept of a food bank was largely unheard of here. Aside from feeding the needy, setting up a food bank where supermarkets, farms and other food producers can donate their excess food – which will then be redistributed to those in need – would allow the founders to tackle the issue of food wastage in the country.

“One of the issues Singapore has created for itself, which is a good thing, is that we are a very clean city with one of the world’s best incineration programmes. Because the cost of incineration is so cheap, many people would rather dump than recycle or donate their food items. After knowing how the supermarkets work, how food importers work, Nicholas and I just felt that we should tackle all this excess food first, before asking for donations from the public,” Nichol explained.

Despite playing a crucial role in tackling food waste and food insecurity in Singapore, Nicholas shared that one of the siblings’ goals for the organisation is to be “out of business”, for a valid reason, of course. “We don’t know when that will be, but we always keep reminding ourselves that if we go out of business, it means that there’s no food wastage and no more needy people in Singapore,” Nicholas said.