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Retail, food outlets at Rivervale Plaza join scheme to help lower income households

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (second from right) and Dr Koh Poh Koon (extreme right) help to stick on the decal at DeliSnacks on the first floor of Rivervale Plaza that indicates that the shop is one of the 17 participating shops under the Pun
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (second from right) and Dr Koh Poh Koon (extreme right) help to stick on the decal at DeliSnacks on the first floor of Rivervale Plaza that indicates that the shop is one of the 17 participating shops under the Punggol East Community Voucher Assistance Scheme, on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (second from left) goes around Rivervale Plaza to hand out decals to the 17 participating shops under the Punggol East Community Voucher Assistance Scheme, on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (second from left) goes around Rivervale Plaza to hand out decals to the 17 participating shops under the Punggol East Community Voucher Assistance Scheme, on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (fourth from left) signs on the cast of five-year-old Brayden Heng (extreme left), who broke his left arm a week ago, at Koufu, one of the 17 participating shops under the Punggol East Community Voucher Assistance
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (fourth from left) signs on the cast of five-year-old Brayden Heng (extreme left), who broke his left arm a week ago, at Koufu, one of the 17 participating shops under the Punggol East Community Voucher Assistance Scheme, on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (fourth from left) and Dr Koh Poh Koon (extreme left) pose for a group photograph with Koufu staff with the decal that indicates that the shop is one of the 17 participating shops under the Punggol East Community V
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (fourth from left) and Dr Koh Poh Koon (extreme left) pose for a group photograph with Koufu staff with the decal that indicates that the shop is one of the 17 participating shops under the Punggol East Community Voucher Assistance Scheme, on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean gives out community vouchers to needy residents in North East CDC at Rivervale Plaza on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean gives out community vouchers to needy residents in North East CDC at Rivervale Plaza on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean gives out community vouchers to needy residents in North East CDC at Rivervale Plaza on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean gives out community vouchers to needy residents in North East CDC at Rivervale Plaza on Dec 29, 2013. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

In the past six months, 17 retail and food outlets in Rivervale Plaza have hopped on board a scheme to help lower income households in the area.

The shops will begin accepting community vouchers from Wednesday, the start of the new year, benefiting more than 400 households in the Punggol East area. Each household will receive vouchers worth $40.

The community voucher programme was officially launched at Rivervale Plaza on Sunday morning. They were given out to needy households in the area, many of who stay in the rental blocks.

The programme is a collaboration between North East CDC and the Punggol East CCC Community Development and Welfare Fund.