Food hampers revamped to better meet beneficiaries' needs in Boys' Brigade project

Charity food hampers given out by the Boys' Brigade this year will have less rice and cooking oil and more biscuits and cereals, as it wants not only to give, but to "give right". -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Charity food hampers given out by the Boys' Brigade this year will have less rice and cooking oil and more biscuits and cereals, as it wants not only to give, but to "give right". -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Charity food hampers given out by the Boys' Brigade this year will have less rice and cooking oil and more biscuits and cereals, as it wants not only to give, but to "give right".

This was announced on Thursday at the launch of the Boys' Brigade Share-a-Gift (BBSG) project, one of the largest charity projects here.

Organisers had received feedback that beneficiaries have been receiving more free cooked meals from welfare groups and prefer snacks such as biscuits that they can eat conveniently between meals. Milk powder for adults will also be added to the hampers.

The Boys' Brigade's move to change the mix of items in the hampers comes after a review with social workers earlier this year to review how the donations can better serve the beneficiaries.

Mr Lui Chong Chee, chairman of BBSG 2014, said: "We want to go beyond giving, to giving right. We want to ensure that the gifts our beneficiaries receive will be relevant and suited to their needs."

The project, now in its 27th year, aims to help 35,845 beneficiaries this year. Members of the public can donate food items in any of the project's gift boxes at 13 NTUC FairPrice supermarkets islandwide, or through NTUC FairPrice's website. They can do this from Nov 20, from 11am to 9pm daily.

They can also "adopt" wishes and donate specific items, such as bicycles and shoes, at six FairPrice supermarkets or the main gift box at Braddell Heights Community Club.

Those who are interested to help deliver donated items to the beneficiaries can do so on Dec 6 and Dec 13, but need to register in advance at www.bbshare.sg

For more information on the project, call the BBSG hotline on 1800-227-4273 (1800-BBSHARE) or go to www.bbshare.sg