Food bank starts scheme for poor parents of school kids

ADVENTIST Food Bank, a charitable organisation, is now targeting poor single parents with schoolgoing children. It aims to provide them with non-perishable food on a monthly basis.

Food bank chairman Tan Cheng Chee said those eligible would be given RM80 monthly to purchase necessities for the family.

“Their MyKads will work as a debit card and it will be credited with RM40 every fortnight for purchases at participating outlets such as Giant hypermarket, Econsave and Mydin.

“Through this system, they can buy necessities according to their own needs.

“This is better than waiting for our parcels containing basic non-perishable food,” Tan said during a press conference recently.

“We will have an appraisal for those eligible for the aid on a yearly basis with monthly visits in between to evaluate their situation,” she said.

Tan added that the single parents could use the aid to purchase household items as well.

Penang Welfare, Health, Caring Society and Environment Phee Boon Poh said MyKasih Foundation would provide the system needed for the MyKads to be used as debit cards.

“The system will record the items purchased and the spending pattern can be analysed.”

The project will be launched on May 1 with 100 selected beneficiaries.

The food bank is currently providing non-perishable food on a monthly basis to the elderly in the state.

On March 12, the Adventist Food Bank will hold a charity dinner concert themed ‘Serve With Love’ at Georgetown City Hotel to raise RM150,000 for its community services.

Groups such as Chung Ling Private School Chinese Orchestra and The Hinsadale Men’s Chorus from the US will be performing.

For more details, email or call Tan at 012-3010728.

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