Growing up in Guangdong, China, Li Yu Chan developed an aptitude for preparing traditional food from her home. This passion of hers led her to open a food stall in the Bishan neighbourhood, offering authentic Guangdong cuisine. When she isn’t running her stall, Yu Chan will be volunteering in Redhill area and helping out with preparing and distributing food around that area.
Yu Chan's life changed drastically in 2020 when COVID hit on our shores. As with many other food vendors, her business was seriously impacted. As the number of people who visited her store reduced drastically, she struggled to pay her rent and the costs of running her food store. She made the difficult decision to close the store and it led to the collapse of her finances – as her family depended on the food store as a primary means of income.
A community member learned of Yu Chan's plight, and suggested that she apply to be part of our “Project C.C.O.V.I.D". This is a transitional programme for families affected by the pandemic. It provided them with a monthly cash pay-out of $500 and fresh groceries to tide them over this difficult period. Since Yu Chan signed up for it, she is grateful to be part of the scheme that kept her family alive.
Today, as the world steadily comes back to life and economic activities pick up again, Yu Chan looks forward to the day when she is able to restart her food business once again.