Needy families get food rations courtesy of hawkers and traders association

Sim (seventh left), Lo (centre) together with association’s members posing for a photo during the recent distribution of dry food rations at at Eastgate Mall.

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KUCHING, Nov 30: A total of 300 sets of dry food rations were distributed to the needy families by Kuching and Samarahan Division Hawkers and Traders Association through its Caring Food Aid 3.0 campaign held at Eastgate Mall 9th Mile Kuching-Serian Road on Nov 27.

Kuching and Samarahan Division Hawkers and Traders Association’s advisor Dato Sim Kiang Chiok said the food aid distribution were given to needy families whom have been identified with the assistance of Temenggong Tan Joo Poi along with the various Village Security and Development Committee (JKKK) under the latter’s management.

“We also had input and feedback from our MPP (Padawan Municipal Council) chariman Lo Khere Chiang and we all thank him for joining us despite his busy schedule to meet up with the people as well as help with the distribution of the food aid.

“Our committee and sponsors are pleased that we able to continue our efforts to assist where we can, particularly in the Kuching and Kota Samarahan area where we have active members of the association as well as the general public who are facing hardship due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” Sim said in a statement.

He opined that businesses are happy to contribute a little back to the people in need although some businesses were not so rosy for the past two years.

He hoped the contribution will be able to reduce the burden for those in need while complementing the assistance provided by the government.

Sim added the Kuching and Samarahan Division Hawkers and Traders Association has been able to assist with its “Pack Cooked Meal Aid” programme that started from June 2021 until August 2021.

For the programme, 300 cooked meals were distributed daily.

In September, the association started the “Caring Food Aid 1.0 ” campaign to give out food ration unconditionally to those who applied through the association at Hui Sing Hawker Centre .

As at Nov 2021, the association has distributed approximately 6,800 dry food rations by sponsorship and is expected to continue with those efforts in the coming weeks.

“Personally for me, it is heartening to see that Sarawakians still keep our traditions of being a good neighbour and not only us but so many different NGO’s (non-governmental organisation) are coming out to assist their neighbours in these times of need and not just rely on the government to assist the poor.”

In the meantime, Sim extended his appreciation to the main sponsor, 38 Food Street Café for their kind sponsorship for Caring Food Aid, which have grown from version 1.0, 2.0 to the current 3.0 version. — DayakDaily