Venue focuses on community aid as movement control order extended to mid-April.
The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) has donated more than 340 kilograms of surplus food and raw ingredients to ease the food burdens of city residents facing a four-week partial lockdown to flatten the curve of COVID-19.
Last week, in a bid to fight the second wave of the virus, the Malaysia government instructed non-essential businesses to close temporarily, encouraged residents to stay home, and closed its borders to all travellers. This two-week-long Movement Control Order has now been extended to 14 April.
KLCC deputy general manager, John Burke, said: “In such times, it is imperative to come together as a community and think about what we can do to help and be considerate towards each other.
“We understand that having access to basic needs might be especially difficult for some people right now and we are pleased to be able to make a meaningful contribution through our partnership with the Food Aid Foundation.”
The centre has embraced the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 for Zero Hunger by prioritising sustainable operations and reducing food waste. Since establishing its partnership with Food Aid Foundation earlier this year, the KLCC has donated more than 590 kilograms of surplus food, which has helped feed over 1,200 people.
Food Aid Foundation is an NGO that rescues ‘Halal’ edible but surplus food and groceries from various organisations for distribution to charitable/welfare homes, voluntary welfare organisations, refugee community, poor families, and soup kitchens.
Main image: The Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre’s culinary team loads up surplus food to donate to Food Aid Foundation.