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KUALA LUMPUR, 14 May 2024

Bank Pembangunan Malaysia Berhad (Bank Pembangunan) has partnered with Food Aid Foundation (FAF) to participate in the flagship ‘Cooking for a Cause’ program, reinforcing its commitment to sustainability, inclusivity, and community engagement.

FAF’s innovative approach to rescuing surplus food from hotels, retailers, hypermarkets, and wet markets has set a standard for food banks across Malaysia. ‘Cooking for a Cause’ offers a unique team-building opportunity for volunteers to prepare meals for underprivileged beneficiaries while raising awareness about food waste and food security.

Sainursalwa Sani, Chief Human Resource Officer at Bank Pembangunan, emphasized the importance of community engagement, stating, “At Bank Pembangunan, we believe that national development starts at the community level. By joining ‘Cooking for a Cause,’ we support local welfare homes and B40 families while fostering inclusivity and diversity. It’s a great opportunity for our employees to work together for a common goal.”

FAF Founder Mr. Rick Chee expressed enthusiasm for the partnership, saying, “We are thrilled to have Bank Pembangunan join us for ‘Cooking for a Cause.’ Their commitment to community development aligns with our mission to address food insecurity and reduce food waste. This program enables us to make a meaningful difference in the lives of the underprivileged.”

Bank Pembangunan’s first participation in ‘Cooking for a Cause’ was held at Dewan Serbaguna Bandar Sultan Suleiman, Port Klang, Selangor, where volunteers prepared nutritious meals. Beneficiaries included welfare homes such as orphanages, elderly care centers, and homes for individuals with special needs (OKU), as well as B40 families, single-parent families, and elderly residents.

Representatives from registered FAF food bank beneficiaries in Klang, such as Rumah Pemulihan Boas and Persatuan Kebajikan Rakan Lutheran Selangor, collected the prepared meals.

A second session is planned for June in Kuala Lumpur, focusing on the urban poor. Bank Pembangunan and FAF are committed to expanding their collaboration and creating more opportunities to support the community.

Natural Resources, Environment, and Climate Change Minister YB Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad visited the ‘Cooking for a Cause’ event after launching the ‘ALAM Be-Leaf Programme’ at the nearby Mangrove Point, demonstrating support for both Bank Pembangunan’s initiatives and ongoing community work.

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