As COVID-19 rages on, many of us are required to undergo lockdown. The experience can differ from one family to another: if you are lucky, days will go by as usual with enough food on the table and ample time to spend with your loved ones while juggling your work or studies at home. But there are also those who are not as fortunate and face an unbearably tough time. The economic slowdown brought about by the lockdown resulted in many employees being forced to take unpaid leave, or even worse, made redundant and laid off.
That said, we know financial struggle can lead to plenty other issues, including mental breakdown. So, be sure to check on your loved ones and your community for any sign of distress. If you happen to be in Malaysia and find that they (or even yourself) need help and lacking the necessary resources, please reach out to the following agencies for assistance. Remember, #KitaJagaKita.
1. Yayasan Food Bank Malaysia
This organisation fights food wastage in Malaysia by rescuing surplus food from the retail and consumer industries, including manufacturers, then redistributing them to the identified B40 (bottom 40%) communities. Since last year, it also initiated the Covid-19 Emergency Relief to provide immediate food assistance worth of one-week grocery supplies to those affected by the pandemic.
To donate: www.foodbankmalaysia.org/covid19-emergency-fund
Distribution location: Nationwide
Contact detail: +6 03 8736 0117
2. Yayasan Raja Shamri
Founded by Dr Raja Shamri who is also the Industrial Advisory Panel for Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten), this organisation provides support in terms of financial, labour and consultation through its Third Force initiative. Today, it has more than 2,000 members within Malaysia and abroad.
To donate: Bank Islam (Account No: 030 900 100 66 340)
Distribution location: Nationwide
Contact: +6 09 786 8787 / +6 010 814 8545
3. Cheka Movement Malaysia
Knowing that the lockdown can be tough on some people, Syafiq Mobin who is also the founder of an orphanage in Klang Valley, extends his charity reach by establishing food banks under the Cheka Movement. Together with his friends, they welcome those who need basic food items to get them from their houses. The organisation is supported by Mycorps Malaysia (Ministry of Youth & Sports volunteer programme) and has been consistently developing projects that give back to the local community.
To donate: Maybank (Account No: 164258524810). Reference: Foodbank
Distribution location: Klang Valley, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Pahang & Sabah
Contact detail: +6 012 319 4964 (Syafiq Mobin)
4. Happy Bank Crew
The COVID-19 assistance from Happy Bank Crew has been around for the past year and a half with over 13,000 families receiving essential necessities like food, baby formula and diapers. They have also recently started #MindaOverMatter initiative to help those who require mental health treatments. You can help the organisation by donating or volunteering as a Happy Bank rider to assist in distributing the goods.
To donate: Maybank (Account No: 568621000906). Reference: Covid19
Distribution location: Klang Valley, Negeri Sembilan, Johor & Sabah
Contact detail: Direct message to the organisation’s Facebook account
5. Kechara Soup Kitchen
Founded in 2008, Kechara Soup Kitchen is one of the leading not-for-profit and non-governmental organisations in Malaysia that provides food, basic medical service and welfare to the underprivileged. The organisation also partners with local supermarkets to sort and redistribute surplus food to avoid food wastage. Like other similar organisations, Kechara welcomes volunteers (kecharasoupkitchen.com/general-volunteer) to help out at their designated centres.
To donate: Maybank (Account No: 5122-3133-4874)
Distribution location: Klang Valley, Johor, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Perak & Sarawak
Contact details: +6 013 333 5802 (Johor) / +6 010 3333 260 (Kuala Lumpur) / +6 012 402 2992 (Pulau Pinang)
6. Projek Amal Kongsi Rezeki
Specialising in distributing humanitarian aid to more than 40 countries in Asia, Africa and Europe, Yayasan Amal Malaysia has long been known as a proactive charitable body in Malaysia. They recently started a project called ‘Amal Kongsi Rezeki’ to help vulnerable families who are affected by the lockdown, by preparing racks containing dry food items in 11 selected areas.
To Donate: toyyibpay.com/amalkongsirezeki
Distribution location: Johor, Perak & Klang Valley
Contact detail: +6 011 1330 9330
7. FunGates Superflow Foundation
Established since 2007, this non-profit organisation has been serving the communities in Alor Setar, Kedah, and Jinjang Utara, Kuala Lumpur, through its various charity programmes, including Love on Wheels (a weekly food distribution), Blessing Bags (a monthly grocery supplies), education, social welfare services and dialysis centres. In Alor Setar, FunGates Superflow also runs a children’s home, a day care centre and training centre for mentally challenged adults.
To donate: Public Bank (Account No: 3192281214)
Distribution location: Kedah & Klang Valley
Contact: +6 03 5880 5027
Through its Soup Kitchen project, the organisation serves dinner every Wednesday evening at Medan Tuanku. Basic medical service for the homeless and underprivileged families is also available at this soup kitchen. On top of these, PERTIWI distributes pre-packed healthy food and drinks four nights in a week to various recipient groups living in Chow Kit, Kota Raya and Masjid India. If you are looking for a way to help, the organisation welcomes volunteers to help in executing its projects.
To donate: RHB (Account No: 2-14035-10201591)
Distribution location: Kuala Lumpur
Contact detail: +6 012 236 3639 (Munirah Hamid)
9. Rak Rezeki, Lesong Mart
Pertubuhan Prihatin Waris Negeri Sembilan partners with Lesong Mart in Taman Tuanku Jaafar Senawang to come up with Rak Rezeki (courtesy rack) where the store’s customers can donate food items and place them on the rack. These items are then distributed to targeted parties like the orphanages and B40 families who are struggling financially. If you need the item, you can also collect it directly from the rack.
To donate: Bank Islam (Account No: 05067010021446). Reference: Rak Rezeki
Distribution location: Negeri Sembilan
Contact detail: Suraya +6 012 633 9605
10. Alor Setar Mini Food Bank
There is a mini food bank at Tandop, Alor Setar, where people can obtain basic supplies for free during lockdown.
To donate: Contact founder
Distribution location: Alor Setar, Kedah
Contact: +6 011 366 13036 / +6 016 335 3677
11. Gas Char Kuey Teow di Taman Bukit Perdana
Firdaus Zuhairi Zulkifli, together with his three other friends – Nazriq Kamal, Redzuan Arbain, and Zurrinna Zaabar – run a restaurant in Batu Pahat that provides free meals daily to anyone who needs it during the current lockdown. They just need to contact the owners and collect the pre-packed meals at the store.
To donate: Contact owner
Distribution location: Batu Pahat, Johor
Contact: +6 012 742 2717 / +6 012 247 5390
12. Pertubuhan Kebajikan Nur Insani
This centre is located in Tengkera and welcomes those who require basic food items such as rice, flour, sugar, milk and cooking oil. If distance or transport is a problem, its founder, Baharudin Abd Latip, will arrange the delivery to those who are in need.
To donate: Maybank (Account No: 554062337355)
Distribution location: Melaka
Contact: +6 019 312 8833