Healthcare workers at the front line of the fight against Covid-19 have been receiving donations of face masks, cooked food and other care packages in acknowledgement of their efforts.
Yesterday, a group of them received an unexpected gift: locally grown fresh vegetables.
Social enterprise City Sprouts harvested 750 stalks of leafy vegetables such as cai xin and nai bai from its farm and presented them to healthcare workers of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.
City Sprouts has committed to growing 6,000 stalks of leafy vegetables for more than 500 front-line staff at the hospital by the end of July.
One recipient was intensive care unit (ICU) senior staff nurse Glen Li, 33, who said he was touched by the donation.
"I've never had such fresh vegetables before," said Mr Li, who added that he enjoys cooking after work to destress. "It will help contribute to a healthy diet."
City Sprouts co-founder Chee Zhi Kin said: "We were concerned that healthcare workers may have trouble finding time to do grocery shopping, given their extended shifts and high levels of stress in their day," said the 26-year-old.
"We wanted to do what we can to ease their worries."
The vegetables are grown at City Sprouts' 9,000 sq m urban farm Sprout Hub, located at the former Henderson Secondary School.
Global shoe company Bata also launched a worldwide initiative to give a million pairs of shoes to healthcare workers, volunteers and their families.
Bata is currently working with local hospitals to facilitate this, but did not provide more details.
The company has committed to helping communities in need and those on the front line, its chief executive officer Alexis Nasard said.
It produces face masks, face shields and protective equipment for healthcare workers under its "Bata Heroes" project.
It has also made donations of food, hygienic products or funds through the Bata Children's Programme and the Bata Shoe Foundation.
Correction note: The quote by City Sprouts' Chee Zhi Kin has been edited for accuracy. We are sorry for the error.