Local food banks you can support in times of great need

Your donation could help families or even an animal during this pandemic.

Amma's Food Bank is collecting essential food items and passing them on to families hard hit by the lockdown (Photo: Amma's Food Bank)

Malaysian generosity knows no bounds, especially in times of great need. Find out where you can help someone get a warm meal, or donate essential items so nobody goes hungry.

In the wake of the #BenderaPutih campaign, groups large and small have come forward to help families that cannot afford meals. Many are still hungry, and many want to help. To connect both sides, three students came up with Sambal SOS, an app that directs users to households that have put up the white flag outside their homes, and lists groups that wish to send food to them. It replaces the Bendera Putih app.

As at July 5, there were 20 food banks on Sambal SOS, with addresses and websites. To keep the app on your home screen for easy reference: 

iOS: Visit the website via Safari, click the share icon and select “Add to Home Screen”.

Android: Visit the website via Chrome, click the menu icon (three-dot icon in the upper right-hand corner) and select “Add to Home Screen”.


Pho Real Vietnamese

The restaurant offers free wholesome meals to ease the burden of individuals or families in these trying times. Collect at Foodies Nest, Level 3, Starling Mall, Damansara Uptown, Petaling Jaya, between 11.15am and 6pm. Delivery can be arranged too. Call a day ahead to reserve a meal or make a donation: Ken 017 977 7583, Gim 012 334 0323, Chris 019 318 5123 or Christine 019 263 3396.

Annalakshmi Vegetarian Restaurant

Come and get them! The eatery is distributing grocery items to those in need. The boxes, bought at cost (RM100 each) from its suppliers and wholesalers, will be delivered to those who sign up for them. Those who wish to contribute to the purchase of these groceries are welcome. Contact Soma 012 747 4895 for details.

Amma’s Food Bank

Give us food items, not money. This is the appeal from Amma’s Food Bank at Kuil Sri Maha Maheswari Kaliamman, Puchong, Selangor. It is collecting essential food items and passing them on to families hard hit by the lockdown. Those in need can collect them from the temple, or contact Saro at 012 273 8004 or Ganesh at 016 643 2157 to arrange for delivery. 

Pit Stop Community Café

The social enterprise is distributing hot meals to street clients and providing raw food to the needy. Delivery days are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, between 11am and 3pm. Read more about their cause here.

Call (03) 2022 2036 or email [email protected]. If you wish to contribute towards the meals, please visit #pitstopdinnerservice.

Malaysia Animal Association

Do not despair if you are struggling to keep afloat and are finding it difficult to buy food for your pet. Just raise the red flag. The Malaysia Animal Association has come up with the #benderamerah campaign so that neighbours and the community can reach out to those who need help feeding their cats or dogs. Helping hands will also stop owners from being forced to abandon their furry friends. Call (03) 8408 2048 for details.

This article first appeared on Jul 12, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.


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