A GROUP of restaurant owners and chefs in Kluang, Johor, will be firing up their stoves to cook a wholesome meal for the less fortunate to enjoy on Chinese New Year eve.
Kluang Che Luan Khor Moral Uplifting Society welfare bureau chief Moo Eng Heong said the dishes would be packed and frozen before being distributed to about 190 underprivileged families, dialysis patients and residents of four welfare homes here.
“The idea came from the society members who were concerned that underprivileged groups would feel left out of the upcoming festivities, especially with the movement control order still ongoing until Feb 18, ” she said.
“With Chinese New Year approaching, preparations are under way and teams have been tasked to take care of the sourcing of ingredients, cooking and packing as well as getting the goodie bags ready for distribution.
“We have ordered about 150 chickens, 186kg of meat and an array of vegetables to prepare about 300 packs of reunion dinner meals across three days.
“Besides the society members and volunteers, eight restaurant owners and chefs from local eateries are involved in this effort to cook a delicious meal that includes herbal chicken, Hakka fried meat and spring rolls.
“We have also designated specific cooks to prepare vegetarian dishes, ” said Moo when interviewed.
She added that the recipients just needed to reheat the dishes and they would be ready to eat.
Besides frozen meals, Moo said the recipients would receive a goodie bag filled with Chinese New Year cookies, other food items and snacks worth RM100.
Meanwhile, society chairman Datuk Seri Pang Chee Khiong said the frozen food packs would be distributed soon.
“Although we are giving out frozen food this time around, they are a labour of love by the chefs and those involved, in the hope of spreading festive cheer among the underprivileged, ” he said.
In addition, Pang said the society would present essential items and clothing to the elderly and children as they were unable to take the recipients shopping unlike previous years because of Covid-19.
“Our society aims to show support and care for low-income families and the underprivileged by understanding their needs and giving out targeted aid, ” he said.