The many rounds of Covid-19 restrictions have left most of us feeling exhausted, and one of the sectors hardest hit is the F&B industry.
Dignity Kitchen, a food court in Boon Keng that employs people with disabilities, is a facility that is feeling the effects. In fact, business is so bad that they went to Facebook yesterday (September 27) in hopes of gaining public support.
“Once again empty tables in the Dignity Kitchen,” said the article, which was accompanied by a series of photos showing the ghost town-like premises.
A photo also showed the staff lining up behind the counters and patiently waiting for customers.
The post was received with a flurry of online support – at the time of writing it has accumulated over 1,400 times and over 100 comments.
A number of internet users have promised to visit the food court in their free time.
Some internet users even stepped in to recommend their favorite menu items.
If you’d rather not dine, there are also take-away and bento menus with halal and vegetarian options.
Each bento costs $ 10 per person. Options include mixed seasoning baked chicken and pan seared fish fillet with teriyaki sauce.
And when you order at least 10 sets, enjoy a discounted price of $ 8 per person.
There are also la carte options such as Nasi Lemak with Roast Chicken ($ 4), Kolo Mee ($ 5), and Chicken Chop ($ 6.50).
Dignity Kitchen was conceived in 2006 and founded in 2010 and is Singapore’s first social kitchen. It was founded by Koh Seng Choon, who funded the project with money from his savings, a newly mortgaged property, and his late mother’s inheritance.
The brand’s mission, according to theirs website, is to “give back the dignity of the handicapped and disadvantaged with passion through vocation”.
This isn’t the first time business has been going through a rough patch. When Koh first opened Dignity Kitchen’s first outlet on Balestier Road, he said he made no sales because his trainees wore badges that indicated their disabilities and customers avoided them. Some customers would even ask if they “died by eating”.
Today the social enterprise has grown to include Dignity Learn, a street vendor training school for unemployed adults with special needs, and Dignity Mama, a second-hand bookstore.
Address: 69 Boon Keng Rd, # 01 Red Building, Singapore 339772