The Chubb Charitable Foundation has announced a grant worth US$10,000 (equivalent to approximately RM42,000) for The Lost Food Project (TLFP) as part of its commitment to pandemic relief efforts. Chubb’s grant will help provide critical food aid to TLFP’s nationwide network of 56 charities in the Klang Valley and Johor Bahru as well as 7,500 People’s Housing Project (PPR) families, all of which are experiencing a significant surge in need. In total, TLFP reaches out to over 40,000 people on a regular basis.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020, TLFP has deployed urgently needed support to PPR residents and charities around the country based on an assessment of areas with the most critical needs. Leveraging its roster of partners and volunteers, TLFP has managed to deliver over 380,000 kilograms of essential food supplies as well as health and hygiene products – including soaps, sanitisers and face masks – to individuals and communities at high risk of food insecurity.
“We’re pleasantly surprised by how we managed to weather the lockdown in spite of domestic food supply chain disruptions. We could not have done it without the overwhelming support from not only large corporations but also every day, extraordinary Malaysians,” said TLFP General Manager Mohd Syazwan.
“However, the fight isn’t over for us yet. The country is still in the recovery phase, so the demand for food aid will continue to be unabated. Chubb’s contribution will play a crucial role to help us keep hunger at bay, rescue food surplus, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and ultimately, ensure the most vulnerable can get back on their feet when things get better.”
Chubb Malaysia’s Country President Steve Crouch said “During these challenging times, we are focusing our pandemic relief efforts on the front lines of this outbreak and we believe TLFP has the experience, capability and track record of delivering relief effectively to those who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 crisis. With its extensive network of national and local partnerships with food banks, food manufacturers, bakeries and meal programmes, we believe TLFP will maximise the impact of the US$10,000 grant from the Chubb Charitable Foundation to address the growth in demand for food across the country, reaching the areas which have the highest rates of food insecurity”.
“We are pleased to help TLFP operate on a larger scale to reach out to more of the nation’s vulnerable charities and B40 families who have lost their livelihoods during these unprecedented times,” he added.
TLFP is a leading, homegrown foodbank in Malaysia, working with numerous supermarkets, fresh produce wholesalers and food manufacturers to feed the hungry by recovering quality, nutritious surplus food that would otherwise end up in landfills. To date, TLFP has rescued 1.5 million kilograms of food, provided 4.5 million meals and prevented 3.75 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere.