PUTRAJAYA: The Bill to regulate Food Bank initiatives seeks to ensure a more systematic implementation of the food bank-related programmes and continuous involvement of all strategic partners and stakeholders, says Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (pic).
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister said the Bill was drafted after taking into account the experiences of other countries which had implemented the programme.
“The first draft of the Bill has been submitted to the Attorney-General’s chambers for review.
“We are not in a hurry but we are quite confident that it can be tabled by the end of this year,” he said after opening the seminar on Food Bank Malaysia yesterday.
Earlier in his speech, Saifuddin said the ministry had managed to secure the commitment of over 430 supermarkets nationwide to donate their food surpluses to Food Bank Malaysia since its inception in December last year.
He said the collected food surpluses would then be channelled to the targeted groups by the ministry’s strategic partners, namely Food Aid Foundation, Kechara Soup Kitchen and Mutiara Food Bank.
The minister said as of March this year, a total of 1,156 tonnes of food had been saved from being wasted and 113,726 needy recipients had benefited from the initiative.
Saifuddin said the ministry was planning to expand the network by reaching out directly to more stakeholders in the food supply chain such as farmers, manufacturers, restaurants and hotels.
On measures to curb food wastage during Ramadan, Saifuddin said food industry players had been advised to join the Food Bank initiative as the ministry could share with them the data on the recipients. — Bernama