Relief squad provides vegetarian meals to needy, frontliners


Lunch boxes, wall clocks and medical supplies are among items donated to a hospital.

IN THE past month, the Crisis Relief Squad of MCA (CRSM) through GoCare Lovely Kitchen Programme has collaborated with vegetarian restaurants to hand out 10,000 lunch boxes to major Covid-19 hospitals in the Klang Valley.

Also benefitting from this are underprivileged groups, including the homeless in Central Art Square and Pudu.

GoCare BeMYHero’s Lovely Kitchen collaborated with a number of vegetarian restaurants and food trucks for this purpose.

Beginning last year, CRSM teamed up with many local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to distribute 110,000 lunch boxes.

CRSM also received sponsorship of Torku Turkish Chocolates from TC of TC Sdn Bhd to distribute chocolates in addition to delivering lunch boxes.

CRSM and GoCare distributed lunch boxes and prepared pandemic prevention supplies and children’s meal boxes filled with chocolates and fruit drinks.

A volunteer even dressed up as GoCare Spider-Man.

GoCare consultant and CRSM National chief Datuk Natalie Lim Chong Ly said in addition to providing lunch boxes to frontliners, GoCare also launched a fundraising campaign after learning of some Covid-19 hospitals experiencing supply shortage, and that some people had generously donated.

Among items donated were whiteboards, wall clocks and medical supplies such as face masks and personal protective equipment (PPE).

“We can’t shoulder the load of front-line workers, so we express our heartfelt gratitude and encouragement by sending vegetarian lunch boxes and some much needed supplies to the front lines.

“Simultaneously, we urge everyone to protect themselves, practise physical distancing, stay home as much as possible and refrain from becoming another burden to front-line personnel,” said Lim.

She also urged NGOs to follow pandemic prevention procedures when distributing materials.

Besides lunch boxes, they can send dry rations and coordinate with other organisations to effectively distribute materials to people in need.

“When we were delivering supplies, we noticed that on occasions, there were numerous NGOs delivering meals at the same location, especially on weekends and holidays.

“Many individuals are unlikely to finish everything on the same day, resulting in wastage.

“Alternatively, we can distribute dry rations so that the recipients can keep it for an extended period of time to ward off food shortages.

“Simultaneously, the distribution of masks and PPE can help to limit the spread of the virus,” she added.

Lim invited willing mobile food trucks and restaurants to join the ranks, and welcomed charitable individuals to contribute ingredients, dry rations, monetary donations or PPE.

If you would like to donate, visit https://gocare.org.my/product/bmh-community-caring/.

For details, call 03-2203 3920 or 019-669 6278 (GoCare hotline).

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