For this year’s Muslim holy month of Ramadan, charity organisation Free Food For All (FFA) is set to provide a free meal for thousands.
On 6 June, the group will distribute 4,000 packets of food at the Sultan Mosque and Malay Heritage Centre. The mosque will also host 1,000 people during that’s evening iftar session, which is the meal taken by Muslims after sunset during Ramadan.
Speaking to Yahoo Singapore at his Changi Road office, FFFA founder Nizar Mohd Shariff said that he is working with the Sultan Mosque, Malay Heritage Centre and local flea market organiser LalooLalang for the event, which is set to start at 5pm.
The 46-year-old added that he has engaged the services of two kitchens to help prepare the food and is still looking for more sponsors to step forward and support the event.
“We are planning to distribute nasi ayam penyet for the event. Makmur Restaurant and Zorah Enterprises are helping us to prepare the food. However, due to the the high volume of food, I reckon we might need a third kitchen to help us,” said Nizar.
The founder of FFFA said that the group is also in talks with the Singapore Book of Records regarding setting a record for the most number of meals distributed during an iftar session.
Nizar said that, despite the gloomy economy, sponsors are stepping forward to help him cover his costs. FFFA is currently giving out about 2,500 packs of food to the needy every week, which costs about $25,000 a month.
He is still able to cover his costs and has been encouraged by the donations from the community, which go towards feeding the needy, especially the working poor.
“With the current economical climate, people are spending less but when it comes to donors, we do have a steady stream of people coming forward.
“Our donors are happy because our campaigns give value for them and we want to help people, especially those who are the working poor,” he said.