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How you can help Singapore’s restaurants give back to the community during tough times

Tough times build tough communities and this statement rings exceptionally true when we look at how Singapore’s struggling F&B scene is stepping up to offer aid to essential workers.

While Singaporean restaurants and bars are truly getting the short end of the stick amidst tightening COVID-19 cases, a group of local establishments know that our greatest chance of survival is by supporting the community that truly needs it, and that is the healthcare and essential workers frontier.

Singaporean eateries are paying it forward with initiatives like donating proceeds from takeout purchases to healthcare institutions, donating meals to hospitals or offering complimentary suppers, here are the initiatives currently in place, should you be keen to lend a hand or pass it on to an essential worker you know. We could all use a bit of light these days, especially for those fighting the dark.

Barbary Coast offers free supper to industry workers

Photo credit: Deadfall

This month, Barbary Coast is offering 20 plates of free supper meals to food, beverage and hospitality industry workers in need of a warm plate to end the night. Running from Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 am till closing time, this initiative will continue until the end of the month.

“We are humbled and honoured to offer this. With restaurants across the island having to cut back on staff meals and shifts due to a revenue crunch, we can now offer the wider community a place to eat that was paid for by another, no questions asked,” said the bar’s co-founders Celia Schoonraad and Michael Callahan.

How to participate: If you’d like to claim a plate, follow Barbary Coast on Instagram here. An image of the supper plate is released each day and all you have to do to claim one for your own is to RSVP at +65 8869 4798.

Barbary Coast is located at 16 North Canal Rd, Singapore 048828.

Alma donates proceeds from its lunchbox to NUH

Photo credit: Alma

One Michelin-starred Alma has debuted lunchbox orders from Tuesday to Thursday at S$29++ per set. 10 percent of the proceeds from every order will be donated to the National University Hospital (NUH) to support efforts against COVID-19. On top of that, Alma is donating 50 boxes of lunch twice a week to the hospital for the next eight weeks.

How to participate: To order, contact the restaurant at +65 9119 8928 or email reservations@alma.sg. Only 50 lunchboxes are available a day, with a fixed menu each day that ranges from an Angus beef burger to a sourdough Reuben. The menu is here.

Restaurant Labyrinth works with other local restauranteurs to deliver coffee and contributions to NCID

Restaurant Labyrinth is contributing S$20 from all its current dinner proceeds, S$40 from every bottle of wine sold and S$80 from every corkage fee to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. The establishment has also partnered with a number of coffee houses and other local businesses, like Jam At Siri House, Pezzo, Keng Ee Seafood and Sanity Coffee to deliver contributions, meals and beverages to the Centre.

Restaurant Labyrinth is located at  #02-23, Esplanade, 8 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039802, +65 6223 4098

[Cancelled] Jumbo Seafood at East Coast to offer taxi drivers complimentary bento boxes

Jumbo Seafood
Photo credit:Jumbo Seafood

If you know any taxi drivers, give them this news: Jumbo Seafood is giving out 150 bento boxes on both 6 and 7 April, available for drive-by pick up from 4pm. There are two sets available — deep fried salmon with Nonya sauce, beancurd and egg fried rice, or glazed chicken with broccoli stir-fry and fried rice. Bring a valid pass if one wants to claim a share.

How to participate: Head to Jumbo East Coast at the stipulated date and time. The restaurant is located at 1206 East Coast Park, #01-07/08 East Coast Seafood Centre, Singapore 449883.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.
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