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Distribute meals in small portions to curb wastage

 | June 29, 2016

Institut Onn Jaafar CEO Charles Mohan says the homeless are encouraged to take a second serving during the weekly distribution.


KUALA LUMPUR: Strategically handing out meals in small portions is the key to curbing food wastage among soup kitchens segregated across the city, said Institut Onn Jaafar (IOJ) Chief Executive Officer Charles Mohan.

Speaking to FMT during IOJ’s weekly “Jom Sahur!” pre-dawn meal distribution, Charles said the distributed meals consist of sandwiches, kuih and a drink which were handed out in strategic locations popular among the homeless in the city.

“We can control the wastage that way. No rice or dishes are included in our meals because those will most probably go wasted.”

Charles explained that the homeless tend to take an extra portion to save for the next meal, but the food would probably turn stale by then and go to waste.

However, the homeless are encouraged to take a second serving during the weekly distribution, Charles said.

“There are people who take twice because the portion is very small and that’s what we encourage them to do.

“If you want more, you can come and take. We just don’t want food to go to waste.”

This is IOJ’s last week distributing pre-dawn meals to the homeless, as the Ramadan month is coming to an end.

“Jom Sahur!” is an offshoot of IOJ’s previous breakfast soup kitchen campaign “Jom Bekpes!”, where the latter is set to return distributing breakfast twice a month after Hari Raya next week.

Apart from distributing meals in small portions, Charles also said that it was very important to not clash with other soup kitchens distributing food in the same area, as this was one of the main causes of food wastage.

He explained that this was the reason why their initial “Jom Bekpes!” campaign chose to handout breakfast in the morning, 7am- 8.30am.

“Usually the other soup kitchens come around 10pm to 12.30 am. That’s why we choose to distribute early in the morning.

“So, if any NGOs are intending to feed the homeless, they should study other soup kitchen’s schedules so that they won’t clash,” he advised.

“Jom Sahur” handed out 500 packets of meals last night with the help of 53 volunteers consisting of students from Uni Razak and members from the Muslim Welfare Fund Foundation (YDKMM) and Yayasan Ikhlas.

The programme is held simultaneously at three locations – outside Yayasan Chow Kit’s KL Krash Pad, Jalan Tun HS Lee and Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s half-way house Pusat Transit Gelandangan in Jalan Pahang.

The group’s next programme would be the “Jom Raya” campaign, which is celebrating Hari Raya with the homeless in Pusat Transit Gelandangan on Hari Raya day itself.


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