State food bank to kick off this month

Zaiton (centre) with MRCS national committee for community services and health deputy chairman Datuk Mohd Rashidi Mohd Noor (left) during the handing over of wheelchairs at Hospital Permai in Johor Baru.

THE Johor Food Bank initiative is expected to begin this month.

State women, family and community development committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said the state was still in the process of making the necessary arrangements for the programme.

“We expect to start as soon as suitable locations for the food bank have been finalised,” she said when asked on the progress of the initiative that was announced by Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad as part of the Ihsan Johor 3.0 economic stimulus package.

Zaiton said this when she presented over 25 wheelchairs from the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) to five district health departments at Hospital Permai in Johor Baru.

Zaiton also said that well-wishers, both non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and indivi-duals, who wanted to provide aid to the needy were encouraged to do so through the Welfare Department (JKM) or district offices.

“We welcome those who want to help others affected by the pandemic.

“We encourage them to channel the aid through district offices or JKM instead of handing it directly to the people.

“The aid will then be delivered to recipients through village chiefs and community leaders.

“This is to avoid contact between recipients and those giving the aid, which could further spread Covid-19,” she said.

Zaiton, who is Sungai Balang assemblyman, urged the public to continue adhering to standard operating procedure.

“I would also like to thank our frontliners for their hard work in battling the pandemic and keeping us safe.

“I hope the public will continue giving their cooperation so that we can break the Covid-19 chain of infection,” she added.

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