Here’s a heartwarming story you have to know. Dignity Kitchen, housed within a red warehouse building on Boon Keng Road, is a community food court managed almost entirely by people with disabilities.
More than just a food court, the social enterprise also provides training for the disabled and disadvantaged to enhance their employability in the F&B industry.
If you’re searching for a place where local food meets social good, this is the place that could use your support.
Here’s what the food court looks like:
Stalls serving local dishes
Despite the stalls being run by differently abled individuals, the food served here are akin to those typically found in other food courts and hawker centres.
From Malay dishes like Nasi Lemak and Mee Siam to Western delights like Chicken Chop, there’s bound to be something for everyone here.
Here’s a peek at what’s available:
Nasi Lemak (from S$3.80)
Laksa (from S$4)
Fish & Chips (S$6.50)
Small bites & pastries for tea time
If you’re just popping by for a quick snack, take you pick from light bites such as muffins (S$2.50) and cakes (from S$2) which are baked daily. Of course, these go well with either kopi or teh (from S$1), available from the drinks stall.
Check out the full menu below:
Restoring dignity with gainful employment
When you’re buying something from Dignity Kitchen, you’re also supporting the people and the mission behind the social enterprise.
According to its website, Dignity Kitchen exists to “restore dignity to the differently-abled…by leveraging business tools to solve a deep-rooted issue this marginalised group faces: unemployment.”
Amongst the various ways it enables the staff to carry out their duties include “automatic pocket vibrators to get the attention of the hearing impaired, and training the visually impaired to measure the size of dollar notes with their fingers and palm,” KF Seetoh wrote in a TNP article.
There’s even an initiative called Dignity on Wheels, where food delivery to locations within 1km is done by staff on wheelchairs.
Top photos by Dignity Kitchen.