Former security post now a food bank

People waiting for their turn to get essential items from the SL7 Food Bank in Bandar Sungai Long. — SAMUEL ONG/The Star

RESIDENTS of Section 7 in Bandar Sungai Long (SL7), Selangor, converted a former security post into a food bank.

“The White Flag movement triggered us to start this initiative,” said Section 7 Rukun Tetangga (RT) committee member Mike Yap.

“The Covid-19 pandemic and various lockdowns have resulted in people losing jobs, businesses shutting down and families struggling to put food on the table.

“So we are trying to help them through our food bank,” said Yap, who runs a car workshop business.

The SL7 food bank, which is located at the corner of Persiaran SL7 and Jalan SL7/17, is open from 10am to 7pm daily.

It is meant for those staying in Bandar Sungai Long and surrounding neighbourhoods such as Bandar Mahkota Cheras and Taman Rakan.

A notice stating “ambil apa yang perlu” (take what you need) is hung on a gate and the “Food Bank” sign is large enough to catch the eye of passers-by.

“We started the food bank early this month using an initial sum of RM1,000 from our RT fund,” said Yap.

“We bought rice, biscuits, Milo, instant noodles, cooking oil, flour, sugar and mee hoon.

“Residents have also topped up by contributing eggs, bread, rice, tinned food, vegetables and other kitchen staples.

“One donor even gave 100 packs of 5kg rice,” he said.

Besides residents, donors from neighbourhoods such as Bandar Mahkota Cheras and Balakong contributed too.

Yap said the food bank also received support from Kajang assemblyman Hee Loy Sian, who contributed some essentials through Kajang Municipal councillor Raymond Kwan, and had promised to help restock it.

The food bank is sealed at night. Security guards at the main post located about 6m away help keep an eye on it.

Yap observed that those who used the food bank comprised foreign workers and local families.

“One day, more than 100 people came,” he said, adding that word had spread.

“Our food bank will remain open for as long as there are contributors and people in need, and until the Covid-19 situation improves,” he said.

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