‘Tapau Please’ by SethLui.com: Epi #026 — Prevalence of food poverty in Singapore

Last Updated: March 7, 2021

Written by Wani

Before the pandemic hit, we’d already familiarised ourselves with food security in Singapore. Come ‘Circuit Breaker’, it seemed that sense of safety diminished quickly as supermarket shelves emptied out in hours. It’s a similar scene in many cities around the world, with the paranoia that the pandemic equated to the need to stock up on essentials. But how about for those who live on lesser? Those who cannot afford to bulk buy their basic groceries because they live off the very bare minimum? It’s 2021, and today, we’re still discussing the persistence of food poverty in Singapore.

Shot of person handing out canned goods at food drive

Credit – Joel Muniz/Unsplash

In this fourth episode of Season 2 of ‘Tapau Please’ by SethLui.com, we revive this long-standing conversation as we’re still in the thick of battling COVD-19 as a nation. While there are so many of us fortunate enough to feed ourselves and our families during this time of uncertainty, there are plenty of less fortunate individuals and families who struggle, even more, to survive. With that, we also address why the presence of hawker centres and their cheap prices still don’t manage to adequately bridge the income gap—even with dishes are still available at S$3 per plate.

Food poverty is a serious issue that requires a deep look into a multitude of factors, and clearly, one that still, unfortunately, plagues many of our fellow Singaporeans in such modern times. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter and bring this discussion to you, our readers and listeners. So, please drop a comment in the Facebook post, and if you know of any charities or organisations that we can all lend our help to, we’d love for you to share these resources.

As always, all episodes of ‘Tapau Please’ by SethLui.com can be downloaded and streamed on PodbeanSpotifyGoogle Podcasts, and Apple Podcasts.

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