PUTRAJAYA, The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) will collaborate with more hypermarkets especially those located close to public universities as the official partners in its Food Bank Malaysia programme.
The ministry in a statement, said its strategic partners, Food Aid Malaysia, Kechara Soup Kitchen and Mutiara Food Bank, would also be asked to assist with the immediate launch of Food Bank Malaysia programme at public universities’ branches.
During a meeting with Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today, all deputy vice-chancellors and representatives of student associations from 17 public universities have also agreed to assist with the programme in terms of providing the space and logistics for food distribution purposes.
All public universities’ representatives welcomed this initiative as a big portion of their students are from the low-income households (B40).
In fact, nearly 70 to 80 per cent of students in several public universities are from the low-income and poor families, it said.
The ministry was also informed that majority of public universities had implemented the similar effort but faced difficulty in getting continuous supplies for their programmes.
The Food Bank Malaysia programme at public universities’ campuses was launched recently at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s Faculty of Medicine, as well as in Universiti Malaya and Universiti Putra Malaysia.