SINGAPORE: Some 400 lower income households in Punggol East are set to get more help with purchasing daily needs.
The Community Vouchers Programme has been extended to Rivervale Plaza, with 17 merchants coming on board.
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, who is also MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, handed out the vouchers to 15 families on Sunday.
Each family gets S$40 worth of vouchers, which can be used at selected retail and food establishments within the mall.
The programme started in June this year, with one coffeeshop and a minimart.
It is an extension of the North East Community Vouchers programme, which was launched in September last year.
Products and services under the umbrella range from eye care to household items.
The North East Community Development Council (CDC) said the programme has assisted more than 1,000 beneficiaries to date.
And plans are underway to extend the programme to families elsewhere in the North East district.
Mr Teo Ser Luck, Mayor of North East District, said: “When residents heard about it, in fact, those actually needy residents outside of Punggol East are also asking that the vouchers be given to them."
Mr Andy Kueh, operations manager at Koufu, said: "We wanted to help needy people to enjoy coming to this mall to have nice coffee, and even nice food. There will be more people coming to this mall and (this) actually helps in both ways - helping the mall and helping us, in increasing customer volume." - CNA/nd
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