Singapore-based Pan Pacific Hotels Group has launched “Eat Well With Us”, a culinary initiative that aims to encourage and educate resident cooks at four local charity homes to enliven recipes and meals created for their residents.
“Eat Well With Us” is a food program created by Pan Pacific Hotels as part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility commitment to respect and care for the wider community, with partners the National Council of Social Service (NCSS).
Harnessing the collective experience of eight chefs from the Group’s five Singapore hotels and its Si Chuan Dou Hua restaurant brand, the initiative aims to enliven the meals served at four local charity homes by empowering their resident cooks with skills that will add a new dimension to their cooking. The participating homes, under the umbrella body of NCSS, are AWWA Senior Community Home, Bright Hill Evergreen Home, Melrose Home Children’s Aid Society and Singapore Cheshire Home.
In total, “Eat Well With Us” is expected to positively impact more than 600 beneficiaries, ranging from the elderly and the disabled to children and youth.
“With the kind support of NCSS, we are excited to embark on what we believe to be the first-of-its-kind community outreach initiative in Singapore,” says Ms Wee Wei Ling, Executive Director, Asset & Lifestyle, Pan Pacific Hotels Group.
“Going beyond mere corporate philanthropy and volunteerism, “Eat Well With Us” enables us to tap on expertise within our business operations to add value to the meaningful work of our partner charities in an engaging and sustainable manner.”
Over a period of two months, the chefs from Pan Pacific Hotels Group will make four visits to each charity home to impart eight healthy recipes to the resident cooks. These recipes have been specially created by the chefs, taking into account the homes’ food budgets and dietary needs of their beneficiaries.
As part of the “Eat Well With Us” culinary initiative, Pan Pacific Hotels Group has also pledged to donate 0.5% of the total sales proceeds from the following all-day dining restaurants at its five Singapore hotels for the months of June and July.
1. Edge at Pan Pacific Singapore
2. 10 at Claymore at Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore
3. Plaza Brasserie at Parkroyal on Beach Road
4. Spice Brasserie at Parkroyal on Kitchener Road
5. Lime at Parkroyal on Pickering
The funds raised will be channelled back to the four charity homes through Community Chest, the fund-raising and engagement arm of NCSS, to help in the purchase of kitchen equipment and supplies that will enhance their kitchens and meal preparations for their beneficiaries. The donation will also be matched dollar-for-dollar by the government under the Care & Share Movement, led by Community Chest.
“Eating well is living well. NCSS is thankful to Pan Pacific Hotels Group for imparting culinary skills to the voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs). We welcome businesses to come forward with skill sets that can benefit the social service sector.” says Mr Hsieh Fu Hua, President of NCSS.
Future plans for the culinary initiative include refresher sessions for the four charity homes in the later part of the year, as well as a second project run with a new group of charities next year.