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Food bank helps the poor

Published: Fri, 03 Aug 2012

SUBANG JAYA: Single mothers and the disabled were among 37 people who have been benefiting from a food bank set up last year by a group of volunteers.

“This will help lighten the load as I have to take care of four school-going children myself,” said single mother Norizan Ismail while collecting essentials for the month last Friday.

Norizan, 48, earns only RM1,200 as a clerk which she says is insufficient as, after paying a rental of RM450 for her flat unit in SS19, she is left with barely enough.

Julunia Dipal, 33, also single-handedly supports her three pre-school children by working as a nanny at her home in the Subang Mewah flats.

“This is my second year receiving donations from this food bank,” she said.

The food items, including rice, flour, sugar, oil and salt, were distributed at the office of Subang Jaya assemblyperson Hannah Yeoh who thanked those who run the food bank.

The food bank is managed by government pensioner Yap Kok Sun and a group of volunteers, some of whom are businessmen who fund most of the group’s activities.

“Most of us are not very well off  but we just want to help out wherever we can,” Yap said.

He added that the group chose to focus their welfare efforts in Subang as a member of their group owns an office in SS15 which they now use as a meeting place.

The food bank is assisting 37 families with their monthly needs throughout this year, after serving 36 families last year.

Yap’s group distributes the food from Yeoh’s office or at collection points near the flats where the recipients live.

“There are five families who couldn’t make it today. We requested them to come here another time,” Yeoh said.

This month’s food donations included Ribena and Milo which were bought by The Curve, a ladies gym in Subang which organised a fundraising drive recently.

Yeoh said needy individuals have been visiting her office since 2008 for help and a database was created with their particulars.

“We receive the cases, then we will refer to them (the food bank). There is no clear test. Just a humanitarian view to see if they qualify,” she said.

She added that interviews and spot checks were done before awarding the food to the individuals and requests for money were not entertained.

The food bank cost RM27,000 to operate this year and Yeoh has to date donated RM12,000.

She added that companies wanting to sponsor items for the food bank can call her office at 03-5631 2768.

 

 

 

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