Ensuring no one goes hungry


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 29 Apr 2020

Pertubuhan Amal Ai Xin Fan Tong Ipoh president Vincent Mok (left) and Wong (second from left) distributing food packs to the old and needy at the organisation’s premises daily. — RONNIE CHIN/The Star

THE Pertubuhan Amal Ai Xin Fan Tong Ipoh centre at Jalan Ho Lok Park in Ipoh is more than just a soup kitchen to serve the needy.

It also offers delivery services to send food to the doorsteps of those who cannot come to the centre.

The organisation’s adviser Kathleen Wong said they served about 600 needy and deserving folk, including the disabled, the elderly and the poor, covering a wide area.

“We cover areas like Pasir Pinji, Pasir Puteh, Jalan Bendahara, Menglembu, Lahat, Bukit Merah, First Garden, Buntong, the town area and low-cost flats.

“During the movement control order (MCO), we also cover Pusing, Papan, Tambun and sometimes Jelapang, ” she said when contacted.

“Our main aim is to ensure that people have a decent dinner and not go to sleep hungry, ” she added.

Wong said the centre started four years ago and had a list of identified and vetted recipients.

“We are still getting plenty of requests to help the needy in the respective areas.

“With the MCO in force, they cannot eat at the centre and are only allowed to take away pre-packed economy rice, ” she said.

“We will send the food to those who cannot come to our centre due to mobility issues or lack of transport.

“But during this MCO, we also welcome those who come to our centre to get food as we are aware there are many people in need of help, ” she added.

Wong said the food would be prepared at about 2.30pm daily from Monday to Friday.

“People can come and collect the food after 3pm.

“If we have extra ingredients, we donate these to deserving people who can cook at home as we want to prevent wastage, ” she said, adding that the centre relied on donations for its activities.

“We have also distributed rations like noodles, biscuits, bread, vegetables and fish to needy families, ” she added.

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