The Lost Food Project (TLFP) has provided 5 million meals to charities and B40 families since its inception in 2016 till the end of 2020.
As Malaysia’s pioneering independent food bank, TLFP works with wholesalers, food manufacturers and numerous supermarkets to rescue quality, nutritious surplus food and non-food items from going to the landfill and redistribute them to those in need. To date, TLFP has rescued 1.6 million kilograms of foods and prevented 3.02 million kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions from being released into the atmosphere.
Despite challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement Control Order (MCO) which have left at-risk communities in rural and urban poverty more vulnerable than ever, TLFP pressed on and doubled its efforts to ensure that those in most need do not go without.
With increasing food insecurity due to the economic slowdown, TLFP continued to pivot and sought new partnerships and initiatives with local restaurants to multinational companies – including P&G, DKSH, Nestle, Colgate Palmolive and Unilever – to serve the unprecedented demand. TLFP provided 32,719 packs of cooked meals since the first MCO in March 2020. TLFP also distributed over 458,340 kilograms of essential food and thousands of hygiene products such as soaps, sanitisers and face masks to those in need.
TLFP provided a lifeline to more than 60 charities and six low-cost housing communities across the Klang Valley as well as six charity homes in Johor Bahru throughout the crisis. TLFP also provided additional food assistance to low-income families in Sabah impacted by the COVID-19 surge last October 2020 and flood disaster victims in Johor at the end of 2020.
General Manager of TLFP, Mohd Syazwan said: “We’re immensely grateful for the overwhelming support we received last year. Every volunteer, donor and partner has proved a vital service in helping us rise through extreme pressures to serve those who have been hit hardest. And we are committed to being where we are needed most by continuing to work to mobilise resources to keep pace with the rising need for food and necessities.”