Hotels donate surplus food to the needy

Nur Aqidah Azizi

SEREMBAN: Over 16,000 tonnes of food was wasted daily last year, which equaled to three meals for 12 million people in the country.

Based on a study conducted by the Solid Waste and Public Cleansing Management Corporation (SWCorp) in 2017, 44.5 per cent of the waste generated by Malaysians is food waste.

According to Negri Sembilan SWCorp director Mohd Zahir Shari, food waste produced by the people also increased between 15 and 20 per cent during festive seasons.

However, since the campaign to value food was launched several years ago, public awareness on the importance to avoid food wastage had also increased.

“For example, a day after SWCorp launched a campaign to bring tiffin to Ramadan bazaar, we could see that many people had followed the recommendation. This is to avoid excessive buying of food and at the same time, reduce wastage.

“This is one of the educational programmes that we want to convey to the community and help reduce food waste,” he said during a press conference after launching the ‘Love Food No Waste’ programme at Hotel Klana Resort here today.

The programme, which is co-organised by Negri Sembilan Asnaf Setia Kasih Association (PERKASIH N9) and Hotel Klana Resort, will distribute untouched food from selected hotels to the needy.

Zahir said the food donations from the hotel would be presented to the welfare organisation before it was distributed to those in need.

Meanwhile, Perkasih chairman Nor Fadilah Mansor said the food donation programme would target the less fortunate community in various housing areas in the state.

“The food will be given to poor families, orphans and the less fortunate. The location will be changed from time to time,” she said.

Klana Resort Seremban general manager Mohd Yazid Mustafa said the hotel would provide full support for the programme, not only to raise awareness among the public but also to help the less fortunate. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd