UNIVERSITI Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) is the latest public university to join the food bank programme.
It was initiated by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry in August last year to help students whose families are from the B40 category.
The ministry’s secretary-general Datuk Muez Abd Aziz said the programme had benefitted about 3,840 students.
He said the programme, with he concept “from students to students”, is one of the Federal Government’s initiatives to encourage students to be proactively involved in voluntary activities to help their less fortunate peers and reduce food wastage.
“We chose UTeM because they are a student-centric institution which cares deeply for students’ welfare,” said Muez, adding that the government was targeting 20 universities to be part of the programme by December.
UTeM vice-chancellor Dr Raha Abd Rahim said it had been running a few initiatives such as “Food for You” vouchers for students in need.