Meal packing programme to benefit the most undernourished communities in Malaysia, Cambodia and Timor Leste
As many as 250 Sunway volunteers from around Johor gathered at Sunway International School’s multipurpose hall in Sunway Iskandar for a three-hour food packing marathon in an attempt to pack a total of 80,000 meals.
This marks the third installment of the five-part #sunwayforgood Rise Against Hunger meal packing initiative, that aims to end hunger in the most undernourished communities.
“As the team in Sunway Iskandar continues to build our community in Johor, we will continue to drive the achievement of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) throughout the region. Addressing hunger is fundamental as it then improves our chances of combatting poverty, disease, education and the welfare of women and children,” said CEO of Sunway Iskandar, Gerard Soosay.
Volunteers formed 14 lines in the hall to pack specially formulated nutrition-dense dehydrated meals including a flavouring mix of 23 essential vitamins and minerals. This five part initiative will see as many as 1630 Sunway Group volunteers pack a total of 500,000 meals across the country in five different locations – 100,000 in Sunway Lost World Hotel in Ipoh, 100,000 Sunway Hotel Seberang Jaya Penang, and the Group aims to pack 1 million meals by the end of the year.
“We believe that the world has enough production potential and distribution capability to end hunger in 2030. We are thankful to Sunway for helping us grow the movement by creating educated advocates and volunteers who are mobilising even more resources towards these proven poverty solutions,” said President of Rise Against Hunger, Tiki Keh.
250,000 of these meals will be distributed to the most poverty-stricken communities in Malaysia, 100,000 meals will be delivered to homeless shelters and orphanages in Cambodia while the remaining 150,000 meals will be sent to refugee communities in Timor Leste.
These meals will be delivered through six NGOs namely the Rotary Centennial Club, Johor, Sahabat Orang Asli, Rotary Club KK South, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Rotary Club Kuching, Sarawak, Salesians Mission for Timor Leste and One2One Cambodia.