SEREMBAN, March 13 (Bernama) -- A total of 19 supermarkets participated in the Food Bank programme to benefit the poor and under privileged in Negeri Sembilan, said Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun.
He said the supermarkets involved would donate surplus food to be repackaged before distributing the goods to individuals and welfare bodies.
“Via this programme, we hope to reduce the amount of food waste in the state as we have 405 tonnes of food surplus on a daily basis, and we target to acquire a quarter or 100 tonnes of the food surplus that can be distributed to 65,000 people in the state.
“We hope that this will help reduce the cost of the daily expenses of the recipients and this programme received cooperation from the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP), the Social Welfare Department and non-governmental organisations,” he said in a press conference after chairing the state exco meeting here today.
He said thus far 11,000 beneficiaries have been assisted via the programme.
He said the programme was implemented in every district except Jelebu and Tampin as both did not have big supermarkets.
“We also received suggestion to set up the 'Gerobok Rezeki' for those who want to contribute, and this 'Gerobok Rezeki' can be held at mosques, and other places of worship as well as schools, and we hope this proposal can be implemented to help the less fortunate,” he said.
Meanwhile, he said the Food Bank programme need more volunteers to help the existing 100 individuals.
He said those who wanted to be volunteers for the programme could contact the Negeri Sembilan branch of KPDNHEP.