835,000kg surplus food collected in food bank programme

By BERNAMA / Pic By ISMAIL CHE RUS

A whopping 835,000kg of surplus food was collected through the Malaysian Food Bank programme since August this year, benefitting 25,000 people.

Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail (picture) said to date, the project has been conducted in Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Johor Baru.

“The project is a public initiative to increase awareness among consumers to prepare food only in the required amounts, and to help the relevant parties manage surplus food in a systematic manner,” he said when replying to a question from Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh (Pakatan Harapan- Ledang) during question time at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Saifuddin said among the strategic partners the ministry is working with on the project are Tesco, AEON, TF Value Mart, Mydin, Lulu Hypermarket, Econsave, 99 Speedmart, Food Aid Foundation, Kechara Food Bank and Mutiara Food Bank.

He also urged all MPs to help the programme by providing manpower and introducing it to more non-governmental organisations.

The programme is scheduled to be launched next January. — Bernama