New soup kitchen opens in Puchong

Only vegetarian food is served at Dapur Kinrara and visitors are encouraged to bring their own food containers to pack the food. — CHAN TAK KONG/The Star

EVEN before the appointed time, a group of people were already waiting patiently, queueing up with their containers as the kitchen got ready to dish out piping hot food.

Such was the scene on the first day of the opening of Dapur Kinrara, a soup kitchen project initiated by Kinrara assemblyman Ng Sze Han’s office.

The soup kitchen, open on Sundays from noon to 2pm, is located at Balai Masyarakat MBSJ MPP Zon 10 on Jalan Merak, Puchong Jaya, Puchong.

Visitors are encouraged to bring their own food containers to pack the food, in an effort to reduce usage of single-use plastic.

“Dapur Kinrara is open to anybody who needs help to get a warm meal.

“It is not limited to those in Kinrara; those staying outside the constituency are also welcome, ” said Sze Han during his visit to the kitchen.

“Only vegetarian food is served here, so the dishes are suitable for everyone.

“The soup kitchen is targeted at those from the low-income group, though people from all walks of life are welcome.

“It is run by volunteers and most of the ingredients are donated by well-wishers.”

He added that Dapur Kinrara also received support from Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ).

“The city council has approved a hydroponic project to grow

vegetables behind the community hall, ” said MBSJ councillor Ng Seow Chen.

“The vegetables grown from this project will then be used for Dapur Kinrara.”

Dapur Kinrara coordinator Low Chee Wah said there were more than 100 volunteers in the project, with some 35 of them present on its first day.

“The volunteers came at 8.30am to prepare the food.

“They will help with everything, including cooking and cleaning up, ” he said, adding that the first day’s menu featured four dishes and a dessert.

“The soup kitchen offers a platform for people to help the community and we are happy with the number of volunteers we have.

“We have prepared food to feed about 150 people today, and we do have back-up plans in case more people show up, ” said Low.

He added that Dapur Kinrara would likely increase its operations to twice or thrice a week, if there were sufficient volunteers and supplies.

Sze Han said Dapur Kinrara was one of several projects under Sayangi Kinrara, a multi-pronged initiative aimed at ensuring nobody was left behind in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Many families, particularly those from the B40 community, are facing financial difficulties and job losses.

“We started Kinrara Medical Visit during the MCO to provide medical assistance such as food supplements and hospital beds to individuals in need, ” he said.

In addition to an ongoing food aid programme, Sze Han said Sayangi Kinrara would soon embark on a Kinrara Community Chest food bank project.

“One box has been placed in front of my service centre. It is open to anyone from the community who needs some help with groceries and we welcome contributions for dry food as well.

“We are planning to have a community box at Dapur Kinrara by the end of this month, ” he said.

Those who wish to contribute to Dapur Kinrara can contact Low at 019-332 3910.

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