Essentials for urban poor, single mums

THE Penang Food Aid community programme will be launched Monday to channel food aid boxes worth RM50 each to needy families.

The programme is being launched in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

Supported by Women of the Future programme, it is organised by Penang Food Aid team with Caremongering Penang, a non-governmental organisation.

It aims to help ease the burden of the urban poor and single mothers who have lost their jobs.

Organising committee member Chee Su Yin, 38, said they want to get essential food packages out to the community to help families whose funds were insufficient.

“We identified a list of recipients with the team from Caremongering Penang and we will focus on helping the urban poor, especially single mothers who lost their jobs but have multiple mouths to feed.

“The public can buy the RM50 food aid boxes at So Convenient Store outlets and thereafter the store will pack the boxes.

“In each box, essentials like rice, sugar, salt, canned mushrooms and sardines, chocolate malt packs, instant noodles, cooking oil and eggs will be packed.

“But as each family’s needs are different, the items packed in each box may vary accordingly.”

She said they are hoping to raise and distribute 100 food aid boxes in March alone, which is worth RM5,000.

“We hope the public will help us and support this initiative.

“A lot of people are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the movement control order so we want to help ease their burdens.

“The food aid boxes can be bought in-store or online.

“Every weekend, a representative of the NGO will collect the aid at the convenience stores after the boxes are packed and the food aid will be delivered to the families.

“If anyone from the public would like to make other contributions or donations, they are welcome to do so too, ” Chee said.

For details on the initiative, visit the Penang Food Aid Instagram page, Caremongering Penang Facebook page or visit

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