In the wake of COVID-19, the provision of food continues to be a crisis. Although we are a food-producing country, this doesn’t translate into a country of well-fed citizens. On top of this, food prices in supermarkets continue to increase – an indication of the imminent food insecurity that is growing.
To extend our reach to more communities and make the most of the generous donations we have received to date, we have collaborated with the C19 People’s Coalition Group.
In the month of May we sourced fresh produce from 3 small-scale farms in Gauteng and donated the goods to 6 organisations that help feed vulnerable people.
The farms we source from are either cooperatives or collect additional crops from neighbouring farms and include the following:
Mokowe Farms and Bontse Farming in Benoni sold us vegetables that fed 80 children from Kganya in Chief Luthuli Park for a week.
Tim Nectar Farms – which collects additional veggies from other farms in Walkerville – sold us veggie parcels that were donated to:
- Izwi, a domestic workers alliance,
- 15 vulnerable families through the SA Council of Churches and
- Vulnerable families identified by community organisers in the Walkerville surrounds.
We also donated vegetable parcels to 25 high-priority households through Supadimama Senior Citizens Centre in Ivory Park. This centre generally creates its own income through beading, sewing and growing vegetables, but since the lockdown they have found themselves short of funds.
Finally, we continue to donate to Londani Lushaka and Blessed is the Hand that Gives in Alexandra township every week. Londani feeds children every day and Blessed supports 20 vulnerable households.
THANK YOU to everyone who has so kindly donated. While the crisis continues we ask you to please consider a regular donation so we can continue supporting vulnerable communities.