In normal times, Nguyen Van Mai’s welding job earns him enough money to raise his two children. The sudden outbreak of COVID-19, however, saw him lose his job, so the free rice dispenser and “0 VND” supermarket that opened recently in Da Nang have provided much-needed relief.

Since late April, the rice dispenser at the cultural house of Binh Thuan ward has become a destination for benefactors, mostly businesses in the city, to offer help. It operates all day every day, while the “0 VND” supermarket is open every Tuesday and Saturday.