Food Distribution 21st – 27th February 2011

21 February 2011 - 5:01pm Comments Off

We distributed 1,599 packs of food to the homeless and urban poor in Kuala Lumpur of which 629 packs were given out from the Kechara Soup Kitchen (KSK) building during the week, 210 packs from our mobile kitchen, 70 packs in the evening round and 690 packs in the midnight rounds.

Kind Sponsors

  • Silver Bird
  • Giant Supermarket
  • Sykt Roti Jaya Bread Shop
  • KL Hilton Hotel
  • Alice Ng
  • Mr. Lee
  • Umai-ya Restaurant
  • Café 21

Distribution from our Soup Kitchen

Monday 21st – Friday 25th February 2011 @ 1100 to 1300 hrs

A total of 629 packets of food were distributed from our soup kitchen this week.

An average of 125 clients came to our soup kitchen for food this week. As usual, more than half of the recipients took away their food instead of eating in. Some of our regular clients collected their food and ate it in the playground opposite of our soup kitchen.

Over the weekdays, we also helped two clients to go back to their hometowns in Sekinchan and Ipoh. One of them, Ah Heng ias jailed recently for being an illegal parking attendant. In his early 40s, Ah Heng had been sleeping on the streets for the last six months after losing his job on a construction site. Ah Heng was very happy when we decided to help him by purchasing a bus ticket because he told us that it is very scary and dangerous to sleep on the streets.

Food distribution from the kitchen went smoothly throughout the week.

Distribution from our Mobile Soup Kitchen

Monday 21st – Friday 25th February 2011 @ 1330 to 1430 hrs

We distributed 210 packets of food in Kampung Bellamy this week.

On the way to Kampung Bellamy, our team came across an elderly lady who was standing in front of a junction en route to our distribution spot. The team stopped to hand a packet of food to her. Our team later found out that there is already another kind lady who passes her a packet of food after collecting it from us.

We are consistently distributing over 40 packets of food in this area every single day. We are looking to expand our distribution here as there are a few areas and alleys that we have yet to explore.

Mobile food distribution went smoothly throughout the week without any untoward incident.

Midnight Rounds

Saturday 26th February 2011 @ 2130 hrs

71 volunteers distributed 690 packets of food to our clients tonight.

Master chefs from KL Hilton prepared 500 packets of food for the homeless and less privileged in Kuala Lumpur that night. KL Hilton was the first of many other hotels and restaurants participating in this community project undertaken by the founder of Malaysia International Gourmet Festival Dato’ Steve Day. KSK President, Dato’ Ruby Khong alongside Dato’ and Datin Steve Day were present at our soup kitchen together with representatives and the KL Hilton chefs to distribute food to our walk-in clients. In the meantime, our volunteers distributed the remaining packets of food to our clients on our usual rounds.

According to Team Sentul, they came across two new clients but could not talk to them as both were sleeping. Their team leader also noted that there were clients who asked for blankets and mosquito coils.

Team Dang Wangi reported that they found a lady in her early 40s sitting outside of a silk store. She told our volunteers that she sleeps there every night and was very happy to know that the food she was getting that night was prepared by a hotel. One of Dang Wangi volunteers also pointed out that there were clients who requested for new blankets. The team recommended the clients drop by the KSK building on Jalan Barat if they wanted to do their laundry.

Team Chow Kit spoke to Akila, who expressed his frustration at being unable to find a decent job because employers tend to discriminate against him for being ‘different’. Akila blamed the public’s discrimination for forcing him to become involved in vice activities to make end meets. Akila was very keen to leave his current lifestyle so that he can live a normal life.

At one of their usual distribution points by a river, Team Petaling Street did not find anyone sleeping in the area. They later found some of their regular clients sleeping on the opposite bank. The team also distributed four packets of food to some elderly clients in a train station. Earlier in the night, they had visited this location but found no one. One of the elderly clients told the team that they only get to sleep there after 12:30am, after the station closes.

Food distribution went smoothly and ended around 12:30am.

Evening Rounds

Sunday 27th February 2011 @ 1700 hrs

Seven volunteers distributed 70 packets of food in Brickfields and Petaling Jaya this evening.

In Petaling Jaya, our volunteers visited Artist and were very happy to note that Artist’s living space is well-kept and neat. They also helped Artist discard a packet of leftover tea so that he will not drink it anymore and fall ill after. According to one of the volunteers, Artist looked healthy and was in a jovial mood.

Nikmat with his collection of recyclable items

The team also met up with Nikmat who was in the midst of gathering recyclable items onto his bicycle. Our volunteers were touched by his determination to work, pushing his bicycle with his huge sack of recyclable items to fend for his family’s livelihood.

Volunteers giving out food to a client

Meanwhile in Brickfields, the team leader for the route reported that one of our clients, Lim told her that he has lost a lot of weight after skipping dinner for the past three nights. He also said that he has resorted to using the bathroom facility of a nearby petrol station since a soup kitchen based in Brickfields is now no longer in operation. Lim said he was hesitant to move away from his possessions, worrying they would be missing once he had returned. Our volunteers then advised Lim to find a job so that he can rent a small room and store his belongings without the worry of losing them.

Food distribution went smoothly.

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