July 9 2020  |  Catering

dnata delivers for migrant workers in Singapore

By Rick Lundstrom

dnata Singapore fought the effects of Covid-19 by collaborating with local government delivering meals to locked-down migrant workers.

With migrant workers unable to use communal kitchens due to dormitory lockdowns that started in April dnata ired up its kitchens to plan, cook and deliver more than 2.5 million meals to workers in residences across the island.

According to dnata, the catering team adapted various production elements ranging from preparing special menus in line with specific dietary requests to adapting the supply chain and redeploying staff from other business units. New processes were implemented or had to be modified to make the switch from traditional airline food preparation, which is stored and reheated on board, to fresh meals to be enjoyed immediately after delivery. dnata’s Food Quality Assurance team was involved to ensure the highest food safety standards.

“The successful delivery showcased adaptability, resilience and teamwork, which was praised by the local authorities,” said a release from dnata. “It also led to dnata’s efforts being included in a video project commissioned by the National Museum of Singapore to serve as a time capsule for future generations to look back at this period of local history.”

“Our team of chefs were able to come up with suitably enticing menus on short notice as we drew inspiration from our Southern Asian special airline meals. Everyone was enthusiastic about serving the local community well, including the local supply chain, which truly made this an SGUnited effort in conjunction with the ministries."

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