MAIWP channels RM6.5m in funds for It’am Kitchen programme

The council will give aid to those in need, including frontliners who may not have time to prepare or buy food for iftar

by NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / pic source: Program Dapur It’am Ramadan Facebook

THE Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) has so far channelled RM6.47 million of funds for four series of the “It’am Kitchen” programme for two consecutive years.

The programme targets beneficiaries which include households in the bottom 40% category, the needy, tertiary education students, homeless individuals and frontliners in the healthcare and security sectors.

Also receiving aid from the programme were the National Heart Institute’s (IJN) staff.

According to Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department director Datuk Mohd Ajib Ismail, during the food distribution last Friday, the council gave aid to those in need, including frontliners who may not have time to prepare or buy food for lunch or iftar.

“IJN has received 3,000 packs of food between April and May 2020; 9,000 packs from October to December 2020; 6,000 packs from February to March 2021; and 3,000 packs between April and May 2021, totalling to 21,000 packs of food throughout the four series of the programme,” the council noted.

IJN said the programme has reduced the burden of the frontliners and caretakers as they no longer need to leave the IJN compounds to get food for their meal times.

The institute’s chief Clinical Officer Dr Hasri Samion said this collaboration between IJN Foundation and MAIWP has facilitated the process of distributing nutritious food to target groups.

“The IJN Foundation greatly appreciates this cooperation and hopes that many more organisations or corporate companies will establish similar relationships with the foundation.

“Although the main purpose of the foundation is to raise funds to help with the cost of treatment of underprivileged heart patients, we believe that meal distribution programmes can help reduce the risk of Covid-19 infections as the staff do not need to go out to buy food,” Dr Hasri said.

He added that although the hospital is a specialist centre which does not handle Covid-19 cases, it will protect its staff from exposure to the pandemic.

“There is always the possibility of receiving patients who may have had close contacts with Covid-19 patients, and the symptoms are often very similar, such as difficulty in breathing and such. The risks are too great,” he said.