There are 2 community refrigerators in Yishun with groceries for needy residents

Making Yishun great again.

Zhangxin Zheng | September 18, 2018 @ 07:11 am


There was recently an initiative in Tampines where residents stocked up a community fridge with fish

Here it is.

Refrigerator in Tampines void deck allows residents to put fresh fish inside for needy neighbours

Here’s another void deck with community refrigerators, this time in Yishun.

Community refrigerators refilled with groceries by volunteers

These community refrigerators are found at Yishun Blk508B and the groceries are restocked by volunteers from SG Food Rescue group.

There are two refrigerators separating halal and non-halal groceries.

The space beside the fridge is also full of gourds and cucumbers, while the fridges are packed with vegetables.

Reallocating surplus food also helps to reduce food waste as these groceries might otherwise be thrown away.

Photo by Yihong Daniel Yap‎
Photo by Yihong Daniel Yap‎
Photo by Yihong Daniel Yap‎

Besides having cameras to monitor the area, there are also interesting comics pasted on both refrigerators to gently remind users to be considerate and only take what they need.

Photo by Yihong Daniel Yap‎

Help the needy

This community refrigerators initiative first started in February as a 3-month trial and aims to help needy residents who live in rental flats in Yishun South.

The vegetables are also supplied by nearby community gardens and donations from residents. 

Giving it all that familiar kampung spirit feel.

Residents are also encouraged to gather to help pack vegetables and there is a group of volunteers managing the space as well.

All in all, great initiative.


Top photo collage from photos of Yihong Daniel Yap.

About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

Morning Commute

Interesting stories to discuss with your colleagues in office later