Healthy packed meals for the needy

The team that is spearheading the CSR initiative, together with Marcus (squatting, third from right) after a successful distribution.

Subang Jaya has witnessed the coming together of two groups advocating healthy initiatives – GrowEatWell (GEW) and What a Waste (WaW).

The event at Goodyear Court 2 in USJ saw vegetables hydroponically produced by GEW and distributed as packed meals by WaW to 409 people.

The distributed packets contained freshly cooked rice, teriyaki chicken drumettes, kangkung, choy sum, eggs and other side dishes washed down with iced tea.

The response was overwhelming with families queueing up at the distribution point, including the elderly, youths and children.

GEW co-founder Marcus Tan said the initiative was spearheaded by him and his partner Andy Ng, together with Angela Tan, Alvin Chen and Wong Suet Beng who are the main people behind WaW.

He said their efforts have been ongong since the early months of the movement control order, sometime in April last year.

Marcus (left), who survived cancer five years ago, and Ng who suffered a stroke and suspected sclerosis, produce healthy vegetables for themselves and others too. Marcus (left), who survived cancer five years ago, and Ng who suffered a stroke and suspected sclerosis, produce healthy vegetables for themselves and others too.

The idea was to create a corporate social responsibility programme that would not just benefit the needy, but also encourage healthy eating.

The free food packet distribution has been taking place every weekend at selected communities that included Goodyear Court 2, Goodyear Court 7 and Angsana Flats at Subang Mewah.

“I’m so excited to give people food. It has always been my dream to help others by using my knowledge.

“I’ve been a commercial farmer for 20 years and am happy to see peoples’ faces when I give them vegetables.

“So we really need to give first. We give first, and use what we have to do good, ” said Ng.

GEW produces hydroponic hobby kits so people can grow their own vegetables for consumption.

In the queue were the elderly, youths and children.In the queue were the elderly, youths and children.

The GEW initiative was the brainchild of Marcus and Ng, who both experienced life-threatening incidents that steered them towards greener pastures for their own health, and who are now on the road to helping others too.

“It has been five years since my last bout with cancer.

“What I eat is important, time with family, faith in God and to guard my health is one of my priorities in life.

“That is the reason why I started to grow my own vegetables so I can be in control of what I eat, ” said Marcus.

GEW’s mission is to make growing vegetables easier for everyone.

The GrowIt Well hydroponic kit grows up to 36 heads of European lettuce or 68 Asian leafy bunches at one time.

The idea is to spend only three minutes a day, with a guided app for every step of the journey towards a harvest of quality seedlings, pesticide-free vegetables and garden-to-table freshness in just three weeks.

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