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Our Work

At Food from the Heart, we are deeply committed to driving change and making a difference in Singapore through our five cornerstone charity programmes. These food support programmes are specially designed to combat hunger, providing necessary aid to those who need it most. Our aim is to nurture a compassionate community that extends a helping hand to our less fortunate neighbours. By forging this network of support, we hope to alleviate the struggles that come with food insecurity and foster a society where everyone cares for one another.

Volunteering Opportunities

We rely on volunteers to serve close to 60,000 beneficiaries across Singapore. To volunteer, browse our opportunities, fill in a survey so we can understand your interests, and provide your details for sign-up. Once you’re registered, you can access your Volunteer Account to keep track of your events and commitments.

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Jul
16
2:00pm
Regular BreadRun Volunteer - Vehicle Required (Please read full details inside)
1 slot available
Jul
16
2:00pm
Regular BreadRun Volunteer - Vehicle Required (Please read full details inside)
1 slot available
Jul
18
2:00pm
Regular BreadRun Volunteer - Vehicle Required (Please read full details inside)
1 slot available
Jul
22
2:30pm
Food Packing for School Goodie Bag & Community Food Pack Programme
7 slots available

Highlights

Food From The Heart: Sharing Hope, Nourishing Lives

Food from the Heart is an IPC-status food bank dedicated to nourishing the lives of the less fortunate in our community. Originating from the heartfelt dedication of Singapore-based Austrian couple Henry and Christine Laimer, our organisation was founded in February 2003. The Laimers moved to action after learning about the rampant bread wastage occurring while numerous families struggled with hunger. They sought to channel surplus food from bakeries directly to those in dire need, thereby making a substantial impact on food waste reduction.

As a food charity organisation in Singapore, we play an essential role in addressing food insecurity, creating an impact that extends beyond mere sustenance. Today, our food distribution programmes go beyond our bread runs and are run with a sustainable charity in mind. This means that we are committed to providing continued food security to our beneficiaries for as long as they need it.

The State of Food Insecurity in Singapore

The Hunger Report, co-commissioned by Singapore Management University's Lien Centre for Social Innovation, found that in 2020, 10.4% of surveyed households faced food insecurity at least once within a 12-month period. Even with improvements seen by 2022, 45.8% of respondents reported no change in their situation, and 10.2% found their circumstances worsening amidst the pandemic. This shows how important it is to continue tackling the issue of food insecurity till every individual can access reliable, nutritious meals consistently. This is where our charity steps in, extending our hand to those struggling with food insecurity, making us a central figure in the fight against hunger in Singapore.

Recognised among charities in Singapore working towards a social good

Since we began in 2003, Food from the Heart has been committed to alleviating hunger and reducing food waste in Singapore. Our programmes, such as Bread Run, School Goodie Bag and Market Place, demonstrate our dedication to the less fortunate, from children to the elderly. We work closely with local schools, grassroots organisations, family service centres, senior activity centres, and charities islandwide, including Boys' Town, Ren Ci Nursing Home, and Jamiyah Children's Home, collectively addressing the concerns of food insecurity in Singapore. With support from partners like NTUC FairPrice Co-operative Ltd and Oversea-Chinese Banking Corporation Limited, we are able to continue our mission to care for the underprivileged. Our sustainable operations model, structured governance and strong support also make us one of the most well-run food banks and charity organisations in Singapore.

How can you help?

As a leading food charity in Singapore, we have formed a network of partnerships that connects those looking to help and those who are less fortunate. We are grateful for the support of recognised corporations, organisations and individuals who have come forwrad from their respective fields and professions to join us on our mission to feed communities in need. An independent, homegrown charity in our second decade, with the help of over 10,000 volunteers, we were able to provide sustainable food security with $7.4 million worth of food to almost 60,000 beneficiaries in 2023.

Here's how you can help.

Make a Tax-Deductible Donation

As a recognised IPC charity in Singapore, you can claim tax relief for the cash donations you make to our organisation. For every donation, you are eligible for a tax deduction that is 2.5 times the value of your donation. You can also view our latest financial reports online to understand how your donations have helped our beneficiaries.

Volunteer with us

Eager to make a difference in our community? You can join us as a corporate volunteer, youth volunteer, or as an individual! Discover more about volunteering opportunities in Singapore with us. In addition, you can also extend your specialised or professional skills to support our operations through skills-based volunteering.

Make An In-Kind Donation

Your in-kind donation can make a difference.

We welcome food donations at our office from Monday to Friday, between 9am and 6pm. Alternatively, you may also choose to order food from online grocery platforms such as FairPrice and RedMart, and arrange for direct delivery to our office. For convenience, we have a donation box outside our office for non-perishable food items, which can be dropped off even when our office is closed.

Be a part of our food distribution network as a food donor or support our events with sponsorships.

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To serve their clients better, several social service agencies have started on the digitalisation journey, and many want to press ahead with their transformation. For example, Project Belanja! by Food from the Heart. Beneficiaries can simply scan a QR code at partner food stalls to obtain a hot meal, instead of having volunteers go door-to-door to deliver food. This creative idea supports our hawkers and allows beneficiaries to get freshly cooked food, while our social service agencies save costs and reduce food wastage.
Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister
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