Food aid totalling RM750,000 for urban poor

Shahidan (left) and Jalaluddin (right) presenting food items to a Seri Lempah Flats resident.

SOME 15,000 households from the urban poor category in Kuala Lumpur will receive food aid worth RM750,000 under the MYFood@Wilayah initiative.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Shahidan Kassim said the programme would cover families living in Public and People Housing Projects as well as other low-cost flats in the city.

“The aid will be distributed to the deserving throughout this month, regardless of their racial or religious background.

“We hope the aid will lighten the financial burden of those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

About one-fifth of the recipients are residents of housing projects under Kuala Lumpur City Hall, while people from other flats make up the rest.

Each aid bundle is worth RM50 and consists of rice, flour, sugar salt and canned sardines as well as dried and instant noodles.

Shahidan said the ministry worked closely with its charity arm, Federal Territories Foundation (YWP), to identify the recipients.

He said the ministry welcomed collaborations with the private sector and non-governmental organisations.

“This programme is not limited to residents of low-cost flats. It is also for anyone whose source of income has been affected,” he said, adding that those interested to help should contact YWP.

The minister and his deputy Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias were at an event to present food aid to eight recipients at Teratak Muhibbah Flats in Taman Desa.

They had earlier presented aid to eight other recipients at Seri Lempah Flats, also in Taman Desa.

MYFood@Wilayah was first launched in November last year, benefitting 32,000 households in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan at the time.

Since then, four other rounds of distribution have been made, involving 28,000 households at a total cost of RM3.2mil.

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