Making food banks more accessible


Pasir Gudang low-risk quarantine and treatment centre representative Azizan Md Yunos (left) receiving the donations from Paragon Globe Bhd’s June Tan.

IN AN effort to help the underprivileged amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Johor Corporation Foundation (JCorp Foundation) has launched a food aid initiative worth over RM500,000.

Its chairman Rozaini Mohd Sani said the programme, part of JCorp’s corporate social responsibility, was expected to benefit some 10,000 people in Johor.

Other than distributing 500 food parcels that include rice, noodles and flour, for the last three months to low-cost residential communities, food banks were also set up in several JCorp-owned locations.

“The food parcels were distributed to the needy through their respective residents committees at the Larkin Flats, Taman Cempaka Flats in Tampoi, Taman Desa Mutiara Flats, Taman Air Biru Flats in Pasir Gudang, Kampung Laur and Kampung Sepakat Baru in Skudai.

“Our food banks have started operations in locations such as @Mart Kempas, Taman Dahlia public market as well as in plantations under Kulim (Malaysia) Bhd,” said Rozaini.

The programme, he added, was also in support of the state government’s efforts to make food banks more accessible to the people in Johor, especially those hard hit by the pandemic.

Separately, property developer Paragon Globe Bhd did its part to help Covid-19 patients and frontliners at the low-risk quarantine and treatment centre in Pasir Gudang.

Its executive chairman Datuk Seri Edwin Tan Pei Seng said he hoped the contribution of mineral water, packed drinks, noodles and biscuits for some 1,000 patients and frontliners would help them through this challenging time.

“Our company under Joland Group is always supportive of the frontliners’ efforts, and we want to assist them in fighting the pandemic.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to the frontliners who continue to risk their lives tirelessly,” he said.

Tan added that this was the company’s eighth corporate social responsibility programme since March last year.

Its previous efforts included donating 100,000 face masks to the state government, distributing essential items worth RM10,000 and RM20,000 to the needy in Tanjung Piai and Benut respectively, and making donations to welfare homes in conjunction with Chinese New Year and Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Meanwhile, realising the role of media members and the risks they face, Gleneagles Medini Hospital is offering free polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) tests on demand to registered Johor Media Club members.

Hospital chief executive officer Dr Kamal Amzan said the decision to collaborate with the club to provide special allocations to media members was made upon seeing the high number of daily Covid-19 cases.

“We understand the responsibility that everyone in the media industry shoulders.

“They too are frontliners who are vulnerable to the virus and we want to make sure they are able to work and keep their family safe,” he said, adding that the hospital also presented essential food items to the media members.

Johor Media Club president Mohammad Fauzi Ishak thanked the hospital for taking the initiative to assist its 134 members.

“The effort is highly commendable as media practitioners are also considered frontliners, especially those who have been on duty throughout the pandemic,” he said.

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