10,000 food packets delivered to the needy in June by MCA's crisis relief squad

PETALING JAYA: The MCA Crisis Relief Squad (CRSM) through its Dapur Kasih GoCare programme has delivered 10,000 food packs last month to Covid-19 pandemic treatment hospitals and to those in need around the Klang Valley.

CRSM chief and GoCare advisor Datuk Natalie Lim Chong Ly said that the Squad's initiative - which also saw food being delivered to the homeless in Kuala Lumpur's Pasar Seni and Pudu areas - was made possible with the help of several vegetarian restaurant and food truck operators.

"Since 2020, CRSM together with various local non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have distributed 110,000 food packages to those in need.

"All food packages by CRSM and GoCare come with pandemic prevention tools as well as ‘GoCare Happy Meals’ for children containing chocolate and fruit drinks,” she said

"CRSM volunteers also dressed up as ‘Spiderman GoCare’ to cheer up the community during this difficult time," added Lim in a statement on Saturday (July 24).

Lim said the squad had also sought public donations to acquire equipment for frontliners in Covid-19 hospitals.

"While distributing food packages to frontline workers, we found that several of the Covid-19 hospitals were experiencing a lack of equipment,” she said.

Lim added that GoCare immediately sought donations from the public and received an encouraging response.

"The donations included whiteboards to record patient details, wall clocks, medical face masks and personal protective clothing among others," she said.

Lim also urged the public to take care of their health as best as possible and not to leave the house if there are no important matters so as not to add to the burden of frontline workers if the cases of Covid-19 continue to increase every day.

She also called on all NGO staff to always adhere to standard operating procedures (SOPs) when distributing donations, as well as coordinate with other organisations to allow for effective distribution to those in need.

"We found that sometimes there are several NGOs distributing food at the same time and place, especially on weekends or public holidays," she said, adding that this lead to wastage.

She also suggested distributing dry or canned food that recipients can keep, as well as face masks and other pandemic prevention tools, over fresh meals.

Those who are interested in donating could visit https://gocare.org.my/product/bmh-community-caring/ and call the GoCare hotline at 03 2203 3920/019 - 669 6278.

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