School Teacher Sets Up Food Bank & Spends More Than RM500 of Her Savings Daily for Essentials

Source: Berita Harian

For these past few weeks, Malaysians have turned to their socials to share their encounters with less fortunate people or share their own personal struggles during this lockdown.

As we know, Malaysians go out of their way to help each other during hard times. This school teacher set up a food bank in-front of her house at Indera Mahkota, Pahang,

42-year-old Murnizam Muda is a school teacher from Sekolah Kebangsaan (SK) Assunta Convent and because she couldn’t stand the struggles people are facing throughout this lockdown, Murnizam was determined to help her community, especially families who have young children.

Source: Berita Harian

Known as Cikgu Murni to those close to her, she does not mind using her savings to make this initiative possible, as she thinks of it as a small act of kindness. Besides being a school teacher, this is Murnizam’s other way of contributing to society.

Speaking to Berita Harian, she said, “I started giving donations last year by sending them straight to those who really needed it but due to the spike in Covid-19 cases, I am unable to do so.

“Despite the lockdown, I decided to open up a little stall under this tree and put the essential food for free and it’s for whoever that wants to take it.”

The food bank that looks like a small convenience store is open from 8am to 7pm everyday for anyone to get essentials like rice, flour, sugar, eggs and cooking oil.

Source: Berita Harian

The mother of four said that everyday after her online teaching session, she would go to the grocery stores around Kuantan to stock-up on more essentials for the next day.

“I buy the groceries in bulk because I need to restock the goods at least four to seven times a day and each day costs more than RM500. There’s no denying that I have to spend a lot of my savings just as long as less fortunate people get to eat.

“There are lots of heartbreaking cases recently to the point where people would take their own lives, my donation isn’t that much but I hope it eases their burden,” she said.

Murnizam also added that her neighbours and colleagues have donated money and food to help with her initiative.