COVID-19 Grocery Aid for the Poor is a grassroots initiative based in Taman Desa, Kuala Lumpur to provide basic groceries and supplies to help poor families in this neighbourhood survive during the COVID19 Movement Control Order (MCO) period and beyond. It is an initiative by a group of Malaysian professionals and entrepreneurs living in Taman Desa, connected mainly through startup events. We wanted to see if anyone in our own neighbourhood are affected badly by the MCO since there are some flats and low-cost apartments nearby. Through one of our member we immediately found about 10 families already needing help; single mothers, families with head of the family with TPD, some lost jobs/income due to MCO, etc. Looking at the demographic of the population in those buildings, we suspect many more will have the same fate. Which is why we decided to launch this crowdfunding campaign.
What We Need
We are raising funds to prepare 100 Grocery Aid packs worth RM100 each to be distributed to selected families who are in serious need. Our team will source and verify the recipients before delivering the aid packs. We have teamed up with MyGroser.com to handle the supply and delivery, so once we have the funds and the recipients are verified, the MyGroser team will prepare the Grocery Aid packs with essential groceries worth RM100 and deliver directly since their team is already on the road everyday.
We decided that RM100 worth of groceries can last about 1 week for a small family with basic needs. If the families need continuous help, we can work with smaller number of families but send weekly aid until the fund runs out. 2 of our team members are sourcing for the details from potential recipients at Taman Desa and Cheras area right now so that we can verify which families really need help, and prepare for the fundraising campaign to complete. We hope to help these families overcome this challenging period without pushing them further into poverty.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you're unable to contribute at the moment, feel free to help us promote this campaign. Every shoutout helps!
- Inbaraj Suppiah, Entrepreneur & Community Builder
- Adeline Chin, Legal Expert
- Dr. Neesa Amran, Medical Doctor
- Ali, Restaurant Chef
- Renuga, Volunteer