800 low-income families to receive healthy food and resources on nutrition, Singapore News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – A new initiative was launched on Friday (Nov 6) which will help about 800 families better prepare meals for their children.

The families will each receive a care pack of healthy food items, including food for babies and pre-school-aged children, such as multi-grain baby puffs, multi-vitamins and milk.

The initiative called Healthy with KidStart is a collaboration between insurer Prudential Singapore and the Early Childhood Development Agency (Ecda).

Of the 800 families, 120 will also be supplied with fresh fruit and vegetables for three months between October and December 2020.

Minister of State for Social and Family Development and Education Sun Xueling, who attended the launch at Prudential’s office at Marina One, took part in a cook-off with Prudential Singapore chief executive officer Dennis Tan.

Ms Sun made a cucumber and egg pita pocket while Mr Tan made a vegetable and tuna sandwich.

The 800 families are under the KidStart programme led by Ecda, which provides child development, health and social support to low-income families with children below the age of seven.

Prudential is one of the community partners that Ecda works with to provide additional support to KidStart families under the Growing Together with KidStart initiative.

The 800 families will also be given access to Pulse Communities, a new online platform by Prudential Singapore, where they can obtain information on health and nutrition, as well as videos of simple recipes and tips on buying the right food for young children.

The families can also use the portal to interact with Prudential volunteers to share ideas on healthy living and encourage one another to cook and to eat well.

Ms Sun said: “KidStart was launched to give our young children a good start in life, and Healthy with KidStart is an apt extension of what we want to achieve.

“This programme not only provides tangible benefits such as healthy food, but also builds up the ‘heart-ware’ through a social platform for KidStart families and the community to come together and support one another.”

Mr Tan said that Prudential is committed to help the community live well for longer, and that begins with helping the very young build a strong foundation.

The Healthy with KidStart programme is also supported by ground-up initiative Masks Sewn with Love, delivery company Lalamove and social enterprise cloud kitchen The Social Kitchen.

Masks Sewn with Love will be providing adult and child masks in the care packs, while Lalamove will deliver the packages with Prudential volunteers. The Social Kitchen will supply the fresh produce for 120 KidStart families.

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