SPECIAL PROJECT - COVID-19 FOOD AID MISSION
The global pandemic of infectious disease Coronavirus (COVID-19) has shaken Malaysia and the rest of the world. The Malaysia’s Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announced all Malaysian to self-isolate themselves and #stayathome to contain the virus outbreak from spreading.
The Movement Control Order (MCO), effective since 18 March 2020 has affected many Malaysians especially the most vulnerable communities such B40 and daily income earners due businesses were put on hold. Fellow front liners were call to duty and have been working around the clock ever since.
Calling for all helping hands (Government Agencies, Corporate, NGOs and NGIs)
During this hard time, Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia collaborates with several Government Agencies, Corporate Companies, NGOs and NGIs, working together on logistic and coordination to deliver food supplies to the underprivileged communities, stranded students and red zones front liners.
FOOD BANK SISWA PROGRAM
Food Bank Siswa Program have benefited 6,870 underprivileged students at 21 public universities since its initiation in February 2019. Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia targets to help some 20,000 students in 21 public universities by end of 2019, before being expanded to another 103 private universities/ colleges in 2020. The program also aims to foster the spirit of volunteerism among university students.
The program is conducted through two methods – Food Pantry and Central Kitchen – in campuses.
1. The Food Pantry is a dry food item storage room handled by student associations. Qualified students can take the food items based on a schedule.
2. The Central Kitchen distributes cooked food items to the students.
List of public universities which have successfully rolled out Food Bank Siswa Program:
- Universiti Malaya (UM)
- Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Permatang Pauh branch in Pulau Pinang
- Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) Cheras branch in Kuala Lumpur
- Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)
- Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)
- Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA)
- Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
- Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)
- Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM)
- Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
- Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM)
- Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP)
- Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
- Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia (UPNM)
- Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam branch in Selangor
- Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK)
- Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM)
- Universiti Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (UIAM)
- Universiti Malaysia Pahang (UMP)
- Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia (UTHM)
FOOD BANK COMMUNITY PROGRAM
Food Bank Community Program which was launched in December 2018 have successfully benefited 418,000 households living below the poverty line nationwide.
In implementing Food Bank Community Program, Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia and KPDNHEP linked up main strategic partners and local non-governmental organisation (NGO) with participating supermarkets, pasar tani, food producers, restaurants and hotels.
This program is not going to be a one-off or an ad hoc program that only happens once or occasionally but is a continuous effort which is expected to help the poor people cope with the rising cost of living.
Main Strategic Partners such as Mutiara Food Bank, Food Aid Foundation and KECHARA Soup with local NGOs will collect groceries from the supermarkets involved in the program such as Tesco, Econsave, The Store, NSK and SEGI before they distribute them once a week to the target groups in the dedicated zones
3 July 2020
The Box of Hope initiative is the first by Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) under its corporate social responsibility programme #sesamamara, in collaboration with Village Grocer and Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia (YFBM).
Jan 21, 2020
KAJANG: The government’s initiative to prevent food waste and provide aid to those in need expanded further with the launch of its first distribution centre under the Malaysia Food Bank programme.
Nov 18, 2019
Bachok: The Food Bank Siswa programme will be expanded to 123 institutions of higher learning including the polytechnics, teacher education institutes (IPGs) and private universities next year.
PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority (FAMA) is the first Government agency to support the Food Bank Malaysia Programme (PFBM) with the launch of Food Bank Malaysia @ Pasar Tani at the Putra pasar tani (farmers’ market) today.
May 13, 2019
PUTRAJAYA: Hotels nationwide have been encouraged to participate in the Food Bank programme.
The move is to collect and distribute food for the needy was well as reduce food wastage especially during Ramadan.
PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Food Bank Programme which helps the poor get food without any bureaucratic nonsense is among the pride of Pakatan Harapan in its efforts to lighten the burden of the cost of living for the public since it took over the government in May last year.
April 10, 2019
PETALING JAYA: The problem of poor students having to starve or eat less will end soon when the national food bank initiative targeting to help some 20,000 is rolled out in 20 public universities by the end of the year.
Mar 31. 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: The Food Bank Malaysia (PFBM) programme has proven to be successful.
This is after records showed that 45,850 households benefited from its pioneer programme which was launched in Penang, last year, said Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.
Mar 18, 2019
PUTRAJAYA: The national food bank initiative has been extended to university campuses in an effort to help students from poor families.
Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic) said surplus food from supermarkets which is still safe for consumption will be distributed to students at 20 public universities.
Dec 22, 2018
GEORGE TOWN: The government’s introduction of the Food Bank Malaysia programme is aimed at reducing the cost of living for local consumers, especially those in the B40 group. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today that the initiative could also reduce food wastage among Malaysians – a problem which has reached alarming levels.