Engineer cooks for 1,400 Penang prison inmates, Kirpa Foodbank Malaysia launched

Penang, Malaysia | 26 Aug 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Kirpa Foodbank Malaysia news item in The Star (26 Aug 2015). Background photo from Kirpa Foodbank service in Wolverhampton, UK.
Kirpa Foodbank Malaysia news item in The Star (26 Aug 2015). Background photo from Kirpa Foodbank service in Wolverhampton, UK.

The founder of the UK-based Kirpa Foodbank prepared meals to feed some 1,400 Penang prison inmates in remembrance of his father who passed away in July this year and also saw the official launching of Kirpa Foodbank Malaysia.

Civil engineer Amarth Singh’s father, Jaswant Singh Kang passed away at the age of 74 on July 18.

“But just two days before his death, I managed to speak to him over the phone. He told me of this dream of wanting to feed the poor. He told me to get him a new car when I come back from the United Kingdom so that he can transport all the food and clothes and distribute them by himself,” he told The Star when met at the Wadda Gurdwara Sahib in Jalan Gurdwara, George Town, on Aug 25.

In the same report published today on the country’s largest selling newspaper, it was announced that Kirpa Foodbank Malaysia was launched today with Santokh Singh Dhillon, 59, as its chairman.

“Even though they [prisoners] have committed crimes they are still being loved by the people and hopefully they will become better individuals. At the end of the day, they are still human beings and we want to give them that dignity,” Santokh was quoted in the report.

Amrath told the newspaper that having lived in England for the past 16 years, he and his wife Trisveer Kaur Dhillon founded the Kirpa Foodbank in Wolverhampton in 2012 which now has over 50 volunteers.

Its mission is to provide basic sustenance food/supplying food, and hygiene items to local people in need and in dire emergency situations, according to information on its Facebook page.

On April 4, Kirpa Soup Kitchen volunteers prepared, cooked and served chickpeas curry and rice to over 300 homeless and disadvantaged people at the GSM of Methodist Church Wolverhampton, according to one recent update on the page.

One update in February states that Kirpa Foodbank had set up a Soup Kitchen in Malaysia last year and now runs every month with the help of dedicated volunteers.

“Volunteers work hard to serve 150 homeless or disadvantaged people every month at The Lighthouse Church of St. Francis Xavier,” it said.


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