Food For Good Initiative
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The open pan food for good initiative

In view of the worsening Covid-19 situation both in Singapore and internationally, The Open Pan would like to do our part to help the high risk members of our community keep safe and socially distance themselves during this period. 
 

The World Health Organisation has said that older persons and people with underlying medical conditions are more susceptible to developing severe symptoms from Covid-19. These are therefore high risk members (‘HRMs’) of our community who would benefit from social distancing. 

The Open Pan is launching the Food for Good Initiative, which aims to match HRMs of our community with volunteers that can (1) help HRMs do their grocery shopping and deliver groceries to their homes; or (2) provide HRMs with cooked meals at least 3 times a week.  
 
This would help to reduce the need for HRMs to expose themselves to crowded grocery stores, hawker centres or restaurants so as to minimise their risk of exposure to the virus.
 
We will be location matching Volunteers and Beneficiaries to keep things as convenient as possible for everyone. Beneficiaries would need to reimburse Volunteers for groceries and are encouraged to provide a token sum to cover ingredient costs of meals provided. 
 
If you would like to volunteer/benefit or know of anyone who could volunteer/benefit, like: 
  • your elderly neighbour who lives alone; 
  • that friend who loves cooking and always has some extra to share.

Please let us know by signing up below.  

Let’s use the power of community to help everyone get through this virus safely! 
 
 
 
 
 

Information for Volunteers

Eligibility:

We encourage everyone to volunteer and appreciate the good intentions of our potential volunteers to help the community at this time. However, out of an abundance of caution, we kindly ask that you do not volunteer if you or a member of your household:- 

  • Are serving a quarantine order;
  • Are serving a stay home notice/leave of absence order;  
  • Has a cold, flu, fever or respiratory symptoms; or
  • Works at a hospital or medical clinic. 

You may still fill in our volunteer sign-up form and we will keep your information on file. When you or the member of your household are no longer subject to/suffering from the points above, you may contact us and we will re-activate your profile for volunteering. 

Commitment:

Our goal is to minimise the risk of our beneficiaries’ exposure to illnesses during this period. As such, we ask that there be a minimum commitment in order to make a difference. This would be: 

  • grocery shopping at least once a week; or 
  • delivery of at least 3 cooked meals a week. 
We want to make the time you put in worthwhile! We aim to match one Volunteer to one Beneficiary. If you would like to take on more Beneficiaries, let us know. 
 

Execution:

We will match Volunteers and Beneficiaries by location to make things as convenient as possible. Volunteers and Beneficiaries will also communicate with each other (by phone or message) to make arrangements. 

For groceries, the Beneficiary may send over a grocery list of items they need. The Volunteer can shop for these items and deliver them to the Beneficiary’s home. The Beneficiary will reimburse them the amount spent. 

For cooked meals, the Volunteer may choose to deliver meals to the Beneficiary on a per meal basis or to deliver multiple meals each trip. There will be no reimbursement for cooked meals, although Beneficiaries are free to provide a token sum to cover ingredient costs. We highly encourage you to cook meals and share that home cooked goodness! Not only is it more hygienic, healthy and pocket friendly, it’ll definitely bring warmth to the Beneficiaries that are stuck at home during this time. 

If you are looking for things to cook, check out our meal inspiration page and our Instagram page @theopenpansg for more ideas. 

 

information for beneficiaries

Eligibility:

Any person who lives alone or with another Beneficiary/immobile dependent; and

  1. Is 60 years old and above; or
  2. Has chronic heart disease, diabetes or lung disease.

During this time, we encourage anyone who fulfils the criteria above to practise social distancing and stay at home as much as possible. 

We welcome you to sign-up if you fulfil the above criteria. 

Commitment:

We understand that these are difficult times and it may be tough to practise social distancing especially if you are usually an active senior. With many activities for seniors cancelled, you may think that grocery shopping or having a meal outside would be the only time to get out of the house. 

However, crowded grocery stores, hawker centres and restaurants represent a high risk for exposure to the virus.  Our initiative hopes to help minimise exposure possibility by reducing the number of times you will need to crowd with others to do daily tasks like grocery shopping or meals. 

Beneficiaries can look to engaging in lower risk activities such enjoying strolls in an outdoor area or other activities with good ventilation and no crowds.  

Execution:

We will match Volunteers and Beneficiaries by location to make things as convenient as possible. Volunteers and Beneficiaries will also communicate with each other (by phone or message) to make arrangements. 

For groceries, the Beneficiary may send over a grocery list of items they need. The Volunteer can shop for these items and deliver them to the Beneficiary’s home. The Beneficiary will reimburse them the amount spent. 

For cooked meals, the Volunteer may choose to deliver meals to the Beneficiary on a per meal basis or to deliver multiple meals each trip. There will be no reimbursement for cooked meals, but Beneficiaries are encouraged to provide a token sum to Volunteers, to help with ingredients costs. 

Do note that the Food for Good Initiative is designed to help high risk members of our community practise social distancing amid Covid-19. Since it is not our specific aim to help low-income individuals, there is no means testing for Beneficiaries and Beneficiaries are expected to reimburse Volunteers for grocery shopping. If any Beneficiaries are struggling with costs of reimbursement, please let us know and we will do our best to assist. 

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