More indigent households are set to benefit from food parcels to cushion them against the affliction of poverty after CDM received additional donation to beef up the District Food Banklast week Friday 14 August 2020.
Launched in April and the first in the province, the Capricorn District Food Bank is a co-operative initiative between government, aid organisations and business aimed at centralising the distribution of food parcels in a transparent and fair manner as a response to the devastating effects of Covid-19 lockdown.
When receiving the donation, Executive Mayor Cllr John Mpe said the additional donation will go a long way in providing social relief to the indigent households and those whose livelihoods were interrupted by the Covid-19 regulations and left many with uncertainty about food security and bereft of hope.
So far the Food Bank has provided food parcels to 20 755 households – which comprise of 1 898 in Blouberg, 1,587 in Molemole, 4,228 in Lepelle-Nkumpi and 13,042 in Polokwane. With today’s donation, 16 traditional authorities will receive food parcels for distribution to the needy in their areas and prioritize child-headed families and people with disabilities.
Mpe expressed gratitude to the donors and thanked them for the “selfless efforts which demonstrate that indeed ours is a caring region and we therefore thank you for dispensing Ubuntu and lending a heping hand to those in need, whose plight was magnified by current unfortunate circumstances beyond their control”.
Mpe further thanked them for restoring faith in humanity. “We intend to reach more households in need and to achieve that, we will need more donations such as these”, he said.