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Community fridge ‘like a grocery store’ opens in Tampines, Latest Singapore News

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Grassroots chief Abdullah Abdul Rahman needs individuals who come to select up meals from a group fridge in Tampines Changkat to really feel like they’re procuring in a grocery store.

“I arrange the items we get just like how you would see it in a supermarket fridge. Even if they are getting it for free, I want the people who come… to feel like they are shopping, I want them to feel happy,” stated the 37-year-old.

A resident of Block 117 Tampines Street 11 the place the fridge – an initiative by the Tampines Changkat Citizens’ Consultative Committee – is situated, Mr Abdullah maintains and cleans it day by day, alongside his neighbours.

Regular donors embody grocer Tampines Mart and the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore, which supplies greens from a group backyard it runs.

At its opening on Saturday (Aug 6), the fridge was crammed with dragonfruit, greens and eggs. Other gadgets, similar to beehoon, immediate noodles and garlic, had been positioned on cabinets beside the fridge.

North East District Mayor Desmond Choo advised The Straits Times that he was heartened to see many aged residents within the block take the venture beneath their wing and assist out with cleansing of the greens earlier than they’re positioned within the fridge.

“We want to change the mindset that community fridges offer only discarded items. It can also present the best of things to people, items of good quality,” he added.

“Our eventual goal is to have a fridge in every part of Tampines Changkat because we see this project as a platform where people can practise mutual care and help – for the community, from the community.”

As there are numerous aged residents within the block, Mr Abdullah generally packs the produce to ship personally to neighbours who’ve mobility points.

He expects the fridge, which is open from 7am to 10pm on days when meals is accessible, to be operational seven days every week as soon as it secures extra donors.


Community fridge ‘like a grocery store’ opens in Tampines, Latest Singapore News.
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