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