Aging is a part of life. We believe each older person deserves to live life to the fullest with dignity and respect as they age in place and in the community. However, in our midst, there are seniors in the community, who are frail and vulnerable; and some facing daily life challenges such as mobility difficulties, isolation, and lack of adequate support due to family circumstances.
By working with our community partners in Singapore, we have identified the needs of vulnerable seniors and strive to improve their quality of life through the #LoveOurSeniors initiative in the following ways:
- Better nutrition
- Enhanced well-being
- Improved living conditions
Because we love our seniors, we want to care for them. We hope to rally the community to join us in this effort, and together we can bring warmth and joy to the seniors.
Click the tabs below for more information and check out the Community Stories tab to hear about #LoveOurSeniors from our staff volunteers and others in the community!
For a start, we will be working with our community partners to curate special meals and provide nutritious bread to meet the identified seniors’ dietary needs. Volunteers will also be required to support the partners in the delivery of food items.
A nutritious loaf of bread can help supplement the dietary needs of the vulnerable seniors for a week. This is to ensure that they have regular staple food as part of their daily diet.
CapitaLand Hope Foundation is working with TOUCH Community Services to provide the seniors across Singapore requiring such support with a loaf of bread fortnightly. Volunteers are needed to assist with the delivery every Monday to the beneficiaries staying in various locations, based on the schedule provided. To date, we have delivered more than 9,750 loaves of bread.
If you are interested to volunteer for the initiative, please register with TOUCH Community Services via the link below.
Note: Due to safe management measures, bread deliveries are currently paused.
For more information, please email email@example.com.
There are frail and vulnerable seniors who rely on meal delivery for at least one or two meals a day under TOUCH Community Services ‘Meals-On-Wheels’ programme. They could be living alone, homebound and have mobility issues due to illnesses and thus, unable to purchase or prepare food by themselves. In some instances, caregivers are unable to provide for them due to work and family circumstances.
Since 2019, CapitaLand Hope Foundation (CHF) has been working with community partners to support various food programmes for the seniors, including mobilising CapitaLand’s staff volunteers to assist with meal delivery. Under the #LoveOurSeniors initiative, we will be continuing this effort to provide specially curated meals for our beneficiaries to complement their dietary needs. Through better food choices, we hope it will spark joy in the seniors and bring them warmth and comfort.
One of the projects that we are supporting is the Love-in-a-Bento @ South West under South West Community Development Council (CDC). Since 2020, CHF has been working with South West CDC as well as Dorcas Home Care, Thye Hwa Kuan, TOUCH Community Services and SHATEC on this project to provide customised nutritious bento meals to the beneficiaries residing in the South West District.
In addition, we are working with TOUCH Community Services to further extend the initiative to vulnerable seniors staying in western and central parts of Singapore.
Check out the happenings of #LoveOurSeniors meal delivery activities:
Since March 2021, more than 380 volunteers have joined us to deliver more than 6,300 meals to the seniors living in Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh and areas in the South West District such as Jurong.
Ms Margaret Heng, Chief Executive, SHATEC, shares why they encourage their students to be part of this meaningful initiative.
She says, “In Singapore, we are blessed with a supportive government where there are subsidy schemes in place for the less fortunate. However, this does not absolve us of our social responsibility towards the society, of which we are a part of. We believe that individuals who are sensitive towards the needs of others and who have the heart to serve will grow into exceptional hospitality professionals.”
SHATEC (Community Supporter)
SHATEC has been a partner for ‘CapitaLand #LoveOurSeniors’ initiative since March 2021. The partnership is a continuation of Love-in-a-Bento @ South West programme, a collaboration between CapitaLand’s philanthropic arm, CapitaLand Hope Foundation, and South West Community Development Council. The meals provided under this programme differ from regular meal deliveries as they are specially curated and prepared by students from the SHATECare Movement.
When preparing these meals, the students from the culinary and pastry teams will take into account the following dietary considerations:
- Low salt, low sugar, less oil, non-spicy
- Balanced diet comprising starch, protein, fruits and vegetables
- Brown rice is used for higher fibre
- Fish/Meat to be soft to chew and boneless
In addition, extra effort has been put in to provide variety to the meals by using different ingredients and cooking methods to avoid repetitions. Dishes from various cuisines have also been incorporated into the menus.
Some of the meals provided previously include:
- Essence Steamed Fish with Wolfberries
- Thai-style Basil Chicken
The students have also found a lot of meaning in preparing the meals for the seniors. Here’s what they have to say!
“I believe that food can connect people, which is why I cook for my family at home. #LoveOurSeniors was able to give food preparation another level of meaning as I was able to use it to show care and love for seniors in the community as well!”
- Han Hucheng, WSQ Diploma in Food Services (Culinary Arts), DFC 10-20-A
“Preparing meals for #LoveOurSeniors not only allows me to be exposed to new dishes, it also provides me with insight into how we can combine nutrition and taste to create healthy meals that people would enjoy.”
- Albert Chong, WSQ Diploma in Food Services (Culinary Arts), DFC 10-20-A
“It was a fun and meaningful process to be able to use our culinary skills to spread cheer to the seniors through healthy and tasty meals!”
-Aik Wei Hian, WSQ Diploma in Food Services (Culinary Arts), DFC 10-20-A
“I would like to make a healthy multigrain wholemeal soft pumpkin bun that is soft to the bite, which includes lots of healthy nuts and oats! Our house-made multigrain bread will have higher fibre content and would be kept safe and unprocessed without use of food additives or stabilisers.”
- Christina Foo Keat Thong, WSQ Diploma in Food Services (Pastry and Baking) – Supervised Field Trainee, DFP 01-20-A
“Being part of #LoveOurSeniors was a good opportunity to learn new recipes and baking techniques while giving back to the community during this pandemic.”
- Max Ang Wei Jie, WSQ Diploma in Food Services (Pastry and Baking), DFP 01-21-A
“The pandemic has posed many challenges, especially for seniors in isolation. We hope these special meals can bring some cheer to the them and give them something to look forward to.”
- Britney Boh Wen Xin and Karen Lum Chee Kwan, WSQ Diploma in Food Services (Pastry and Baking), DFP 08-20-B
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Montfort Care (Community Partner)
Since 10 September 2021, we have been partnering Montfont Care to provide monthly special lunch prepared by CapitaLand's F&B tenants to 50 socially isolated elderly living in Marina Parade area.
"Due to Covid-19 developments, Montfort Care's GoodLife! Makan stay-alone seniors have become mostly homebound since last year. We are thus grateful to partner CapitaLand Hope Foundation to provide specially curated monthly meals for the seniors and we believe that the food will bring much-needed cheer to them!"
- Lin Aiting, Director of GoodLife! Marine Parade, Montfort Care
Minor Food Singapore (Community Supporter)
With support from Retail & Workspace Team, we are happy to have our F&B tenants onboard #LoveOurSeniors initiative. Minor Food Singapore, who is known for their outlets such as Sanook Kitchen, ThaiExpress, etc. at our malls, provided 100 specially curated meals for the elderly at Montfont Care on 10 Sep and 8 Oct. Looking forward to other retail tenants partnering us in their CSR journey!
DORCAS Home Care Services (Community Partner)
Since 22 September 2021, we have expanded outreach to 126 more elderly living in Queenstown and Buona Vista supported under DORCAS Home Care Services through the special meal delivery initiative to provide better nutrition for the seniors. A total of 115 beneficiaries also received a loaf of wholemeal bread monthly to supplement their dietary needs.