What Is A Soup Kitchen? Where Are They? How Do I Get Involved?

With the soup kitchen ban taking into effect in the heart of Kuala Lumpur, many are asking what a soup kitchen is and how can Malaysians help. We list down a few notable organisations that specifically help the less fortunate.

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A soup kitchen or a meal centre is a place where food or even temporary shelter is offered to the hungry for free

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A soup kitchen, bread line, meal center or food kitchen is a place where food is offered to the hungry for free or at a below market price. Frequently located in lower-income neighborhoods, they are often staffed by volunteer organizations, such as church or community groups. Soup kitchens sometimes obtain food from a food bank for free or at a low price, because they are considered a charity, which makes it easier for them to feed the many people who require their services.

In Malaysia, there are many different organisations that help feed the poor and homeless. These are just a few of them.

1. Kechara Soup Kitchen, off Jalan Imbi, Kuala Lumpur

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Starting out as a small group of H.E. Tsem Rinpoche’s students, Kechara Soup Kitchen quickly grew via word-of-mouth. The group today is formed by volunteers of all ages, coming from all walks of life, faiths, cultures and backgrounds.

If you would like to join this group of special people putting compassion into action and distributing food every week, contact our Project Director Justin Cheah (+6010 3333 260).

Kechara Soup Kitchen
17 Jalan Barat
(Off Jalan Imbi)
55100 Kuala Lumpur,

2. Pertiwi Soup Kitchen, Chow Kit, Kota Raya, and Masjid India, Kuala Lumpur

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PERTIWI Soup Kitchen project was established to provide regular meals at various locations around Kuala Lumpur on a regular basis. This community outreach effort is established and managed by Pertubuhan Tindakan Wanita Islam (PERTIWI), one of Malaysia’s longest running NGOs, with the support of corporate and individual sponsors.

For further information please call Munirah Hamid at +6012 236 3639 or email us at [email protected]

3. Dapur Jalanan Kuala Lumpur, off Jalan Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur

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Dapur Jalanan Kuala Lumpur melihat warisan adalah nilai yang perlu dijaga dan dipelihara justru kami memilih jalan panggung di bawah pos ofis seratus tahun menjadi tapak kami berkongsi makanan dan juga sebagai satu semangat untuk bersama mempertahankan warisan serta nilai-nilainya.

Jika anda ingin sponsor main course, sila beritahu selewat-lewatnya hari Rabu agar kami boleh arrange dan tidak terlebih masak. Call Hadi 012-6648873 untuk inform.

4. The Assumption Soup Kitchen, Petaling Jaya

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The Assumption Soup Kitchen is at No. 70, Jalan Templer, 46050 Petaling Jaya, which is next to SK Assunta and behind Assunta Hospital.

The Assumption Soup Kitchen is open every Monday and Wednesday, from 11am to 1pm.

5. Soup Kitchen, Jinjang Utara, Kuala Lumpur

Soup Kitchen is a restaurant setting which is open to everyone to provide daily free lunches for the urban poor and homeless in the community. Regular office workers and businessmen are welcomed, so as to remove the stigma from the poor and needy and to give them dignity. We want them to know that we care and they are accepted by the community at large.

Soup Kitchen can be contacted at 03-58805027 and located at FunGates Superflow Foundation No 5, Jalan Jinjang Aman 16, Jinjang Utara, 52000 Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia.

6. Grace Community Services, Kuala Lumpur

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The Poor is another charitable community project under the auspices of GRACE COMMUNITY SERVICES. It is set up with the primary objective of providing basic food items to charitable homes, rehabilitation centers, feeding centers, poor individuals and families. Food Bank aims to channel the sources of food supply that would otherwise be wasted or discarded, to feed the needy and underprivileged people in our community.

Contact +6 03-3371 7378 for more information.

7. Asian Youth Ambassadors (AYA), Subang Jaya

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Asian Youth Ambassadors (AYA) is a non-profit youth and community development organisation founded in Malaysia for the primary purpose of “inviting, inspiring, instructing and involving young people to dare to dream and be responsible in fulfilling those dreams for the good of all”.

TEL: + (603) 56378737 FAX: + (603) 56374737

To ensure that the marginalized society have the basic essentials for a normal life i.e. finances, food, clothing and shelter.

8. Mercy Mission, Kota Damansara

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Charity Right is here to feed the poorest and most vulnerable people. With just £1 we seek to make a difference by feeding a person, putting a smile on their face and showing them the Muslim Ummah cares for them. We will work to feed the world going one individual, one community, and one town at a time and devote our lives to making hunger history.

Mercy Mission can be contacted at +60 (3) 6151 5952 and located at No. 20, Jalan Teknologi 3/3A, Surian Industrial Park, Kota Damansara PJU5 47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Help us build this list. Do you know any other organisations that host soup kitchens? Email us at [email protected] or message us on Facebook

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