KUCHING: Some 100 families and individuals from around Kuching, Serian and Samarahan areas were given food aid by Angkatan Zaman Mansang Sarawak (Azam Sarawak).
“The aid given also includes daily paid workers who lost their jobs, struggling single mothers and needy rural families,” said its chairman Datuk William Nyigor.
According to him, the aid given in collaboration with a local company, Timogah, also involved supporting rural small farmers and small retailers who supplied the various food items for the food bags, as a way to contribute in sustaining their income stream during this challenging time.
“It was Azam’s hope to carry out more community services in the future in order to ensure no one is left behind, as it is part of the efforts to support the state in its socio-economic recovery from the pandemic in the coming months and years.
“This is the second time that Azam is contributing food aid during the pandemic with the first one being carried out in 2020 with focus on the rural needy,” he added.
Meanwhile, Timogah chief executive officer Heineken Laluan expressed that he was proud to have collaborated with Azam in this noble gesture to deliver the donations to all the recipients.
“We are also happy to be involved in a programme that cares and helps people in need during this pandemic,” he added.
The food aid, funded by donations from members and staff of Azam, comprises essential items such as rice, flour, cooking oil, canned food, dry food, eggs, fresh produce and baby formula.
Azam Sarawak which was established in 1983 is a non-profit and non-government organisation that seeks to facilitate development efforts in Sarawak through development communication. Its activities target mainly community leaders, rural communities, youth and women, development frontliners, media practitioners, school children and the general public.