#RakyatJagaRakyat: 32 White flag initiatives and food aids in Malaysia to support


By Natalie Khoo

#RakyatJagaRakyat: 32 White flag initiatives and food aids in Malaysia to support

[Update on 16 July 2021: More initiatives have been added to this non-exhaustive list. All initiatives are now distinguished by category (food banks, NGOs, businesses) for easier reference]

[Original article dated 1 July 2021]

(Note: An excerpt of this article is adapted and updated from a previous #KitaJagaKita article.)

Half of the year 2021 has gone by, but the majority of Malaysians who are not in essential services remain in “total lockdown” under Phase One of the National Recovery Plan (NRP). Daily Covid-19 cases in Malaysia are still nowhere near the 4,000 mark required to progress to Phase Two, and total cases have now surpassed 745,000.

According to the Economic Action Council (EAC) secretariat, more than 600,000 households from the middle-income group (M40) have slipped into the B40 category since the pandemic. Even charity and non-profit organisations are running low on funds to alleviate the burdens of the these poor and underprivileged communities.

The escalating situation has compelled Malaysians to take matters into their own hands, as seen with the #BenderaPutih (White Flag), #KitaJagaKita and #RakyatJagaRakyat movements.

If you are able and willing to help fellow citizens and marginalised communities tide through these difficult times, here are some Covid-19 food and donation drives and initiatives to support in 2021.

Food Banks

1. Yayasan Food Bank

Established in 2019, Yayasan Food Bank is a non-profit NGO that redistributes surplus food to B40 communities in higher learning institutions (IPT), charity homes, welfare centers and Program Perumahan Rakyat Termiskin (PPRT). Under its Covid-19 Emergency Fund, it aims to provide food boxes to affected communities in Malaysia. Each family food box consists of basic food items and other non-perishable supplies worth one week of groceries. Cash and food donations are welcome.

Donate to:

Contact: [email protected] / +6011 3767 0600 (WhatsApp)

Distribution locations: Nationwide

For more information, visit this website.

2. Kechara Soup Kitchen

Kechara Soup Kitchen is no stranger to society, having served the homeless and marginalised communities in Malaysia for over 13 years. Since the onset of the pandemic, the not-for-profit NGO has initiated numerous fundraisers to provide skillset training for low-income individuals to gain independence—on top of its usual soup kitchen and food bank operations.

To get involved, you can sign up as a volunteer, start a fundraising initiative, or pledge cash and in-kind donations. Businesses and corporations can also work together on CSR partnerships to help continue its mission of serving the underprivileged.

Donate to:Kechara Soup Kitchen SocietyMaybank 5122 3133 4874Swift Code: MBBEMYKL

Contact: +6010 333 3260

Distribution locations: Klang Valley, Johor, Penang, Negeri Sembilan, Melaka, Perak, Sarawak

For more information, visit this website.

3. Food Aid Foundation

Founded in 2013, Food Aid Foundation is a non-profit organisation and food bank that rescues surplus food and distributes it to charity or welfare homes throughout Malaysia. In recent months, it has distributed thousands of food bags to quarantine (PPR) and vaccination centres (PPV) to support our frontliners that are serving the public during these trying times, while also distributing groceries and supplies to underserved communities. Cash donations from the public are welcome. You may also express your interest in food donations via email to [email protected].

Donate to:Food Aid FoundationMaybank 5647 8016 5577Swift Code: MBBEMYKL

Contact: +603 9226 5500

Distribution areas: Nationwide

For more information, visit this website.

4. The Lost Food Project



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