Through, SCOT’s single mothers preparing 2,600 meals for healthcare frontliners

The public's purchases have enabled single mothers and local drivers to earn income while also supporting healthcare frontliners

Over 2,600 meals for healthcare frontliners have been ordered by the public through online grocery store KadaRuncit and prepared by single mothers under Society for Community Outreach and Training’s (SCOT) Social Kitchen programme.

Each meal and refreshment is priced at $5 and is prepared in the afternoon daily and delivered in time for dinner to frontliners working during COVID-19 outbreak at the National Isolation Centre in Tutong and RIPAS Hospital.

Orders can be placed for packages from five to 50 packs, with a flat delivery fee of $5.50 for each order.

Over $13,000 in sales has been generated since the programme started on March 18, with the two participating single mothers paid a daily wage and an additional share of the profits.

SCOT’s Secretary General Nureen Afeah Elyas said over 2,000 meals have already been delivered since they opened orders on March 16, 2020, with approximately 100 meals delivered daily.

KadaiRuncit’s founder Aizuddin Fakhri said the raw materials for the meals would be supplied by them, in addition to SCOT accessing their pool of dispatchers for deliveries.

“It’s a great project for everyone; we are able to do our part to help the frontliners, while single mothers and local drivers can make income by preparing and supplying the meals,” said Aizuddin.

SCOT and KadaiRuncit’s partnership for the Social Kitchen dates back to January 2019 and until the recent COVID-19 outbreak was most popular during Ramadhan where meals were purchased by the public to be donated to the public to mosques for the breaking of fast.

Aizuddin added that KadaiRuncit was also continuing to onboard businesses onto their e-commerce platform without registration or commission fees. There are now more than 2,000 items on KadaiRuncit, sourced from suppliers and supermarkets after customers place an order.

KadaiRuncit’s business model is based primarily on charging a delivery fee – $5 within Brunei-Muara, $6 for Tutong and $7 for Belait and Temburong – along with a service fee of $5 plus 3% on each total order. The COVID-19 outbreak has also increased orders significantly, from 20 up to 60 orders per day.

“Our delivery and service fee is regardless of the size or weight of the items ordered on our website so customers can shop comfortably from home, especially during this COVID-19 outbreak,” he said.