Home Briefs: Store for food rations launched

Store for food rations launched

A store stocked with non-perishable food items such as canned food, rice and biscuits donated by different faith organisations was launched in Henderson Road yesterday.

The Interfaith Goodwill Store was converted from a 40-foot cargo container, and will be manned and managed by Tanglin-Cairnhill grassroots leaders and student volunteers from the Nanyang Technological University.

The aim of the store is to consolidate and centralise the distribution of food rations at one location, for greater convenience to residents on the Tanglin-Cairnhill Citizens Consultative Committee food ration distribution programme.

Healthy living guidebook

The South West Community Development Council (CDC) launched a healthy living guidebook yesterday to encourage vulnerable families to cook more at home and exercise regularly.

The Healthy Lifestyle, Healthy You Guide includes recipes by Shatec students and the Health Promotion Board using ingredients found in the monthly food ration pack which 540 families receive through the Food Connect @ South West programme.

From this year, the CDC will also provide a biannual Household Essentials Bundle worth $50 to the families, which will include toothbrushes, toilet paper and detergent.

Maritime prototypes built at hackathon

Twenty-one maritime-related technology prototypes, including 3D visualisation tools and delivery booking systems, were created yesterday, during the Smart Port Hackathon held by the Maritime Port Authority (MPA).

The prototypes were devised by 120 participants in 21 teams.

One of the winning teams developed a 3D visualisation tool which shows ships in the area and sets them against land, weather conditions and tidal data.

Mr Andrew Tan, chief executive of MPA, said: "We... hope to explore with other major ports meaningful collaborations in data analytics and information exchange to reduce port congestions and other supply chain disruptions."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2015, with the headline 'HomeBriefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe