Food rescue project serves up a lifeline for the needy

PETALING JAYA: More hotels in the city centre are participating in food rescue programmes by donating surplus food not served at the buffet line to feed the needy. Food Aid Foundation operations director Hayati Ismail said cooked food rescued from hotels was re-purposed or re-engineered into different menus before being served at Pusat Transit Gelendangan on Tuesdays and selected welfare homes trained to handle such foods.
She said four hotels in the city centre had joined the food rescue programme this Ramadan.

“Hopefully, the amount of food waste this year will be lower than previous years,” she added.

The foundation is a food bank that salvages surplus food from producers, manufacturers, distributors and retailers for re-distribution to the needy. In collaboration with MY Save Food network, it also collects unsold food daily from Ramadan bazaars in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, and Precint 3, Putrajaya, to channel to the urban poor.
Hayati said the foundation distributes to more than 140 homes with more requests from charities every week for food aid.
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