A social venture that emerged from volunteer initiatives
Food Citizen was registered in May 2019. This came shortly after government agencies, schools, and businesses wrote to a volunteer network asking for fair-fee programs. They wanted customised program that help them understand and ask questions about the Singapore food landscape. This network is Foodscape Collective.
A small group of volunteers in the network started to look for ways to work together so that collectively, they can accomplish greater environmental and social impact. At the same time, there was also agreement amongst core volunteers to transit the network into an an ecosystem of individuals, social groups and social ventures.
A school requested for a semester-long program where 10-year old students can learn about food waste from practitioners. There was much excitement amongst the group of individuals on having an actual project to work on. The school liked the proposal but they needed to award it to a company within 7 days. Having informally guided the teacher for almost a year, Food Citizen's co-creator, Cuifen, took the opportunity to register Food Citizen as the first formal entity in the network.
Programs brought to you with love & joy
Food Citizen's co-creators come from different backgrounds and are at different life stages. What unites us is a desire to have a deeper appreciation of food sustainability matters, and a commitment to practice what we value in our daily life.
Social & environmental goals
Food is essential to life, and what we eat is central to taking action on the world's climate, environmental and social crises. At Food Citizen, we believe in making a commitment to consistently choose choices and actions to support a regenerative world where caring for Earth, society, and self is a daily and intentional practice.
Food Citizen works with local practitioners who are happy to share their knowledge, experience and skills by designing and delivering thoughtfully-designed programs that meet the needs of schools and communities. We work towards broadening the understanding of food matters, being creative with the materials that we have, and enabling individuals to gain clarity on what the person wants to focus on in their sustainable journey.
We work towards being a viable business where local regenerative practitioners can explore viable livelihood or an alternative income stream. We hope to reach a stage where we can provide 'train the trainer' programs to individuals with low/no income, and invite promising graduates to join Food Citizen as trainers and mentors of programs curated by Food Citizen.
Giving back fund
Food Citizen is a purpose-driven social venture. We intend to submit our application as a social enterprise to raiSE in 2022.
Since the start of the company's incorporation, we have set aside a percentage of the surplus profit to support social causes that support positive change in the environment and society.
Starting from January 2022, 10% surplus profit from every new program offering will go towards funding social causes. The selected cause will be mentioned in Food Citizen's marketing material for the program.
* after payments and overheads are accounted for
Food Citizen was birthed with the intent to channel knowledge of local practitioners to the wider public. We value being transparent in all areas of our work.
Turning our focus from pure volunteer work to delivering paid programs via a social venture meant many steep learning curves. While Food Citizen made a loss in financial year 2021, we would like to acknowledge that our focus has been on nurturing a core team and forming partnerships with like-minded practitioners. We have been grateful for the opportunities and the meaningful connections we made along the way.
Attached is Food Citizen's financial statement for year 2021.