He said more than 100 families had benefited from the food bank located at SK Pomotodon Inanam thus far, and the number was increasing.
Adrian, who is based in Kuala Lumpur, said he got the idea to start a food bank when he wanted to go home to Kota Kinabalu and supply food to people in need, but because of Covid-19, he decided it would be better to have a central location for them to pick up necessities.
“The food bank, which opened last month, offers all types of basic food such as rice, egg, noodles, milk, sugar and oil and the items are refilled every day at 7am.
“The food bank operates from 7am to 5pm Mondays to Fridays but since the conditional movement control order (MCO), I have extended it to Saturdays as well,” he said, adding that the items were taken up within two hours before another refill was needed.
Adrian, who made a name for himself in local Malay serials, said those who wanted to donate food and money were welcome as the food bank was 90% dependent on donations.
“The majority of those living here are in need as they work in the village as farmers, selling their vegetables at the pasar tani.
“Some of those who visit the food bank live up in the hills and have to walk a distance to come here,” he said.
Adrian planned to open two more food banks in other districts after learning that many Sabahans were facing difficulties because of the conditional MCO.
“After schools reopen, I plan to start a stationery bank for students from needy families to supply them with free stationery.
“I also have plans to offer free breakfast once or twice a week,” he added.