YOU may not be able to buy much with RM5 these days.
But thanks to an initiative by the Zone 3 Residents Committee (JKP), the same amount can help a needy family in Subang Jaya get fish and vegetables.
Lee Jen Uyin, the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) councillor who heads the Zone 3 JKP, said for RM5, each family would get three types of vegetables and five pieces of fish.
“With a RM5 sponsorship, a family can cook a decent meal at home with the grocery items provided.
“This initiative was made possible through the generosity of Cameron Highlands farmers and Sekinchan fishermen who offered us a good price knowing we would channel it to the needy.
“More importantly, it is support from the public that has enabled us to help them, ” she said.
Lee said the food items were distributed to locals and foreigners living in low-cost flats twice a week, depending on supply.
Volunteers who are locals living in those flats help with the distribution.
“Families get fish like kembung (mackerel), cencaru (torpedo scad) and sardine.
“About 1,000kg of vegetables can be distributed to 700 households, ” Lee said.
So far, 690kg of fish and 980kg of vegetables were distributed to 1,100 families at Goodyear Court 3,4 and 9 as well as Sri Tanjung flats.
“Recipients were happy to get the free fish and vegetables.
“Some poor families asked if they could have chicken, but it is more expensive.
“The donations we get are just enough to cover the cost of buying fish and vegetables.
“A group of residents managed to collect some money to buy chicken for poor families, ” she said.
Lee said among the challenges they faced was distributing food due to the movement control order (MCO).“There were some residents at the flats who complained about the presence of volunteers distributing the items, ” she said.
Another successful project that the JKP had initiated was the MPSJ JKP Zone 3 “Help farmer, Help Needy” programme.
For RM3, the purchaser gets two pineapples, one for him to keep while the other goes to a needy family.
To-date, 1,230 pineapples have been distributed to needy folk.
Lee noted that many farmers were struggling to sell their produce during the MCO.
“It takes between nine and 12 months to grow pineapples.
“The farmers were planning to sell their harvest during the Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri period but then the Covid-19 pandemic and MCO happened, ” she said.
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