For low-income workers, a plain baguette is more than enough because it means they no longer have to skip breakfast
This free baguette box on Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Street has been here since late December. Every day it serves 150 loaves worth around VND450,000 (US$20). Photos: Le Quan/Zing
The box stands in front of a beauty salon and a security guard is in charge of refilling it. He said the box usually runs out in the morning as poor people drop by to collect the free breakfasts
Nguyen Thi Chin, a scrap collector from the central province of Binh Dinh, stops by the box. Chin said she had seen the box for a couple days which said that the bread is free, but she was shy. The guard told her not to be.
This man is one of many poor people living in the area who now wake up every morning feeling more relieved than they used to. The box says one person per loaf but the guard will just smile if one wants to take more.
Lo Dinh Thao, a street lottery ticket vendor, takes three loaves every morning for himself and two colleagues. Thao said he used to skip breakfast to save money.
Some people add cucumber and soy sauce to the plain bread. The shop plans to raise the supply to 200 loaves soon.
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