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Poverty need not be unhealthy

May 21, 2014 - 12:39am


Mr David Kan (middle) showing Mr Mareedar Subramaniam and his son how to prepare a healthy meal. TNP PHOTO: BENJAMIN LIM

They live from hand to mouth each day and their meals usually consist of little more than some rice and sardines.

Mr Mareedar Subramaniam, 84, and his two sons, 61-year-old Balakrishana Subramaniam and 43-year-old Thiyagaraj Subramaniam, survive on the former postman’s monthly pension of $497.

About $300 goes to rent and utilities for their two-room flat in Toa Payoh. With less than $200 each month left for food and miscellaneous expenses, eating healthily is most definitely out of the question.

Yet, even with such a tight budget, the family was able to enjoy a nutritious and healthy meal of rice-soy, topped with mushrooms and an egg.

All these were provided and made possible by the Wellness and Meals eldercare enrichment programme, a project run by Family Life Centre.


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