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.