Here’s how to find food pantries and other aid, whether you’re donating or accepting.
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The #BenderaPutih white flag movement, aimed to provide essential food aid to those who need it the most, has taken the country by storm.
Restaurants, shops, charities, and even politicians have jumped at the opportunity to set up unofficial food banks, food pantries, free packaged meals, and more. Regular citizens have shown their generosity by restocking such pantries as well.
Yet as more places offer their aid, it becomes a lot harder for people to keep track of the community help and where to find it, which is why some have stepped up to plot aid on interactive maps.
Bendera Putih App
On the map, you can raise a white flag to ask for help or report a flag if you see one in your vicinity. You can also find and add food banks in the area.
The simple map consolidates all this information into one place and makes use of community reporting to stay updated.
Kita Jaga Kita
The people behind the #KitaJagaKita movement when the MCO was first announced have consistently kept the community movement alive.
They, too, have released a Google Maps list of known food banks on their website HERE.
I populated the location of food banks that popped up in Malaysia over the past few days on Google Maps.— ༺ ρєηαηgιтє ༻ (@penangstrays) July 2, 2021
Please share it out to those who need help in these trying times.
Reference threads in subsequent tweets below.https://t.co/s4jmP9Epi2
However, this list only includes food banks and does not track individuals who have put up white flags for aid.
Those who need help can try to find the closest food bank to them, or request aid directly through their website.
How You Can Help
These are only a few of the community-led aid provided by Malaysians, for Malaysians. Companies are also doing their part to help the country.
The hypermarket chain has Charity Food Bins in 10 different Lotus’s stores in the country set up since 2016, namely Lotus’s Kepong, Cheras, Shah Alam, Station 18, Penang Sungai Dua, Alor Setar, Kota Bharu, Seremban Jaya, Melaka Sentral, and Seri Alam.
Shoppers can donate groceries and other essentials via these bins, which will be funneled to various charities, which can be seen on their website HERE.
The GL Cares Donation Drive is accepting cash donations that will be channeled to three different areas: a Gamuda Land Food Bank, schools, or charity homes.
Check out the link here: https://bit.ly/GLCaresBP
For the month of July, Watsons will be distributing 5,000 Care Package boxes including necessities such as personal care items, face masks, and bath products.
You can register for a box here: https://bit.ly/369cpu4
Kenal sesiapa yg memerlukan bantuan? Sama-sama berganding bahu bantu mereka yg amat terkesan dgn wabak ini. Sempena kempen #BenderaPutih, pihak kami bersedia menghantar Pakej Bantuan yg mengandungi barangan keperluan & penjagaan diri termasuklah pelitup muka & produk mandian. ❤ pic.twitter.com/K8Qzc7Q5cN— Watsons Malaysia (@watsonsmy) July 2, 2021
Anne is an advocate of sustainable living and the circular economy, and has managed to mum-nag the team into using reusable containers to tapau food. She is also a proud parent of 4 cats and 1 rabbit.