These community fridges for the needy in Tampines are bringing back the kampung spirit

Make a visit to Block 441 Tampines Street 43 and you may be surprised by the appearance of two new refrigerators at the void deck by the lift lobby. These donated community fridges, which are part of an initiative to encourage residents to offer food to others in need, feature various sections for people to stock them up with everything from meat and eggs to vegetables and drinks. 

One stores Halal items while the other contains non-Halal food, and both are free for residents to take whatever they want — although they’re encouraged not to let the kiasu spirit rear its ugly head and grab everything.

The project, barely a week old, was introduced by the Tampines North Citizens’ Consultative Committee, with support from the Tampines Town Council. Its ultimate goal is to boost the community’s kampung spirit, to foster a movement of kindness where neighbours help one another out.

Volunteers from the Residents’ Committees will drop by periodically to check for expired items, and residents have a responsibility to keep the fridges clean. 

If the response over the next three to six months is positive, this initiative could be introduced to other rental blocks in Tampines.

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