5 Million Hawker Meals Extended: Get Your Hawker Meal For Free With PayLah!

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Did you know you can get subsidised meals from participating hawkers every Friday? The first 100, 000 who use PayLah! to pay for their hawker meals every Friday can enjoy up to $3 off. This initiative by DBS/POSB has been extended for another six months till 26 July 2024.

Hooray for parents who have breakfast dates after school runs and early birds to the hawker centre!


Weekly Hawker Meal Subsidies by DBS/POSB

Singaporeans and residents can enjoy cashback when they use the PayLah! app to scan and pay for their meals at over 11,600 hawker stalls with SGQR codes island-side.

The full list of participating hawker centres and hawkers can be found here.


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Background of “5 Million Hawker Meals” Initiative

The weekly hawker meal subsidies were first launched in February 2023 to support customers amid rising everyday expenses. Close to five million hawker meal subsidies have been redeemed thus far. Among those who have made redemptions, 33% are senior citizens and/or earning less than $2500 a month.

Mr Han Kwee Juan, Acting Chief Information Officer and Singapore Country Head at DBS, said: “We’re heartened that the weekly hawker meal subsidies have made a positive impact on our customers and hawkers over the past year. While we do see cautious signs of recovery on the horizon for 2024, we’re aware that ongoing economic uncertainties and inflation continue to be a concern for many. Our hope is that the subsidies will continue to provide some relief to those looking to better manage their everyday expenses and support our hawkers.” 

The weekly hawker meal subsidies have also equipped the less digitally-saavy with skills and know-how in digital banking and cashless payments.


Other Ways to Save on Meals

Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Government Technology Agency (GTA)  has also announced a new Great Budget Meal Hunt initiative to help users locate meals that are SGD 3.50 or less. The list of budget meals can be found here.


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