THE recent movement restrictions has seen many households, especially those from vulnerable communities, seeking help as their livelihoods are affected.
In keeping with The Salvation Army’s mission to provide emergency aid, the organisation assisted communities in six localities — Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Ipoh, Melaka, Kuching and Bintulu.
With help from several corporate and individual sponsors, food parcels that included rice, cooking oil, noodles, canned food, biscuits, malt chocolate powder and fresh produce are being handed out to feed these families while they wait for the opportunity to return to work.
> Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
To date, 1,169 food baskets have been prepared and distributed in Puchong, Dengkil, Kajang, Rawang, Damansara Damai, Klang, Cheras, Sri Hartamas, Taman Sri Kuching, Kuchai Lama and Bukit Bintang.
More areas will be covered in the weeks to come.
With the generosity of Kantin Mu Zi, 5Stones, ADP Solutions Sdn Bhd and several vegetable farms in Cameron Highlands, the food parcels are filled with necessities.
The Salvation Army operates two children’s homes here. A total of 18 families and four individuals received a one-time food parcel in July.
Since June, 1,650 food parcels with essential items including face masks have been delivered to Malaysian B40 families, with the help of sponsors such as Mahkota Medical Centre, Mamee-Double Decker (M) Bhd, Huat Lai Mini Market, Caremedic Device (M) Sdn Bhd and a contribution by The Budimas Charitable Foundation.
A feeding programme also kicked off on July 5, where free lunch packs (between 50 and 100) were prepared at the centre and distributed to the needy in Melaka town on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Among the recipients are single parents, the elderly and individuals with disabilities.
Kambradu Kopitiam occasionally contributes fresh hot meals under this initiative.
> Kuching, Samarahan and Bau
A total of 512 sets of food parcels have been distributed and 1,410 hot meals given since June 1.
Taka Patisserie, one of the largest bakery chains in Sarawak, contributed 330 sets of fresh bread and cake loaf to bring some cheer to underprivileged families.
Two local hawkers donated 100 packs of nasi lemak and 200 packs of chicken rice, while a group of concerned individual donors raised funds to purchase 780 packs of kampua mee.
A total of 136 food parcels have been distributed to impoverished households, thanks to contributions by Lian Hak Company and KHY Recycle Industries Sdn Bhd and individual sponsors.
The local branch of the Rotary Club sponsored 380 sets of freshly made meals for families and individuals in dire straits.
The Salvation Army Regional Headquarters Malaysia regional officer Major Francis Ng said the Covid-19 pandemic was truly unprecedented.
“Due to current economic and living conditions, some disadvantaged individuals and households are not able to stay home.
“They are also not able to purchase groceries because they cannot make payment online.
“The marginalised communities in our midst need our help to remain at home.
“We are extremely grateful to our friends, both corporate sponsors and individual donors, who rallied together in this time of need to contribute various items to lighten the burden of those in need,” he said.
Ng, who is also the Salvation Army emergency services officer for Malaysia, Singapore and Myanmar, added that the organisation appreciated contributions, either cash or in kind. All cash donations are tax exempted.
For details on how to be part of The Salvation Army’s work, e-mail email@example.com or visit The Salvation Army Malaysia Facebook page.