Frequently Asked Questions On PERTIWI Soup Kitchen
What is a soup kitchen?
A soup kitchen is a place where food is offered to the poor for free. They are found in countries all over the world, are
frequently located in lower-income neighbourhoods, and are usually staffed by volunteers. Soup kitchens began during
the time of the Great Depression to feed the homeless and those with low incomes.
PERTIWI Soup Kitchen is a mobile soup kitchen service distributing food to various locations via a Nissan Luton food
truck donated by the Rotary Club of Kuala Lumpur DiRaja, and a Toyota Hilux donated by Bandar Raya Developments
How often does PERTIWI Soup Kitchen serve the community?
We distribute basic pre-packaged healthy meals and clean water 4 nights a week in inner-city neighbourhoods where
various recipient groups are located (such as Chow Kit, Kota Raya and Masjid India).
How many people will PERTIWI Soup Kitchen serve each night?
We serve between 550-750 people per night.
What types of meals are provided?
We provide nutritious meals costing no more than RM4.50 per meal consisting of rice, one protein dish (either fish or
chicken), one vegetable dish and a banana. Preparation of meals is being outsourced.
How will these meals be served?
Food is served by volunteers as pre-packaged meals wrapped in brown paper. We also serve hot and cold drinks in
What does PERTIWI hope to achieve?
PERTIWI Soup Kitchen provides a humanitarian food-aid service to the homeless and hard-core poor irrespective of
race or religion. By interacting with various destitute inner-city communities on a regular basis, additional support has
been given to assist those who are ready to become more independent. Meanwhile, PERTIWI Healthcare Services
project helps the homeless and hard-core poor who seek basic treatment for common ailments.
Does the logo represent anything?
The logo is of a sage leaf on a purple background. The Latin word for “sage” is salvia which means ‘to heal’. A sage is
also a wise man with good judgement. The colour purple represents spiritual fulfilment, good judgement and peace of
mind. Green represents hope, peace and the environment. The oval shape is a symbol of abundance (as in an egg
shape which represents fertility and a new start). We hope our logo is inspirational.
How can the public help support this initiative?
- The public or corporations can contribute by donating funds to pay for the cost of the meals provided. To make
a financial contribution to this project, kindly make contributions in favour of ‘PERTIWI’, RHB Account Number
2-14035-10201591. All donations are tax exempted pursuant to Section 44(6) Income Tax Act 1967.
- Soup kitchens attract public interest because the experience of feeding someone who is hungry is immediately
rewarding. If you are able to contribute your time on a regular basis, even once a month, you may be
interested in becoming a volunteer.
- You can also help by telling people about this important community project.