Volunteer-driven group helps Singapore’s cardboard collectors one meal at a time

In the sweltering heat of the midday sun, about 300 people – most of them over the age of 60 – gathered under a large pavilion in the Toa Payoh HDB estate to collect food from an improvised catering service. Certain blocks in the neighbourhood house some of Singapore’s poorest citizens in public rental flats subsidised by the state.

Every couple of months, a charity event is organised by the Happy People Helping People Foundation (HPHP) to aid local cardboard collectors – some of the lowest earners in Singapore – as well as other elderly poor living in the rental flats.

Extend the Feast, which began in December 2013, is made up entirely of volunteers who come to serve food and offer support to some of Singapore’s most vulnerable, while also raising awareness of urban poverty. These events are becoming increasingly well-known in the area: at the end of last year the number of attendees was around 150, but has doubled seven months later….

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