NILAI, September 19, 2019 –A total of 1274 students in the BL40 family group (family income below RM1000), asnaf and students in emergency have been identified by the Student Affairs Division (BHEP) of the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia are eligible to receive assistance through Food Bank Malaysia (FBM).

The ceremony was officiated by the Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, the Honorable Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) at the Art Theater, BHEP.

So far, there have been 430 contributors of Food Bank program nationwide. USIM is also the 15th university of the 20 Public Institutions of Higher Learning (IPTA) to implement,” he said.

In addition, USIM received 11 contributors in the form of dry and wet goods namely Mighty Ocean Sdn Bhd, Rompin Enterprise Sdn Bhd, TF Value Mart, Faiza Marketing Sdn Bhd, Econsave Cash and Carry (FH) Sdn Bhd, NSK Trade City ( NS2) Sdn Bhd, Era Plantation Tech Sdn Bhd, D’Era Pouch Industries Sdn Bhd, Mesra Erat Sdn Bhd (MyHope Mart), FAMA Negeri Sembilan Office and AEON Co (M) Sdn Bhd.

YB Datuk Seri Saifuddin attended a ministerial meeting with some 600 USIM students to introduce the program and share their thoughts on the initiatives being carried out by the ministry.

YBhg Prof Dato ‘Dr Roshada Hashim said the Food Bank of USIM would be implemented through two methods: Food Pantry and Central Kitchen.

“Food Pantry provides dry food supplies located at the Student Affairs and Alumni Building. The second location of Central Kitchen is located in the Tuanku Mukhriz Islamic Complex kitchen to provide cooked food from the donations of wet goods to facilitate the distribution of food to needy students,” he said.

In addition, the Student Volunteer Secretariat (MCMC) will assist in the process of distributing USIM Student Food Bank products. Some procedures to be followed are for students to carry with them a student card for verification of eligibility and the retrieval of goods for a student is a minimum of 3 items a week.

FBM is a national initiative aimed at helping underprivileged students access to food while at the same time alerting consumers about food overpopulation initiatives to avoid food waste as well as address food waste. Indirectly, it reduces operating costs in supermarkets and creates a more systematic and organized food surplus management structure.

Prepared by :
Syazlyna Jamil
Pusat Komunikasi Strategik (StraComm)
Aras 1, Canselori Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM)
71800 Nilai, Negeri Sembilan