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OPERATION HUNGER has launched a campaign to raise funds in order to assist with the growing demand on our feeding program due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Established in 1980, Operation Hunger has a history of positive action in the fight against malnutrition in South Africa’s homes, schools and communities at large.
The organisation has reached over 2.4 million beneficiaries and is ramping up it’s fundraising efforts to help South Africa’s most vulnerable during the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Our monthly feeding scheme which provides for roughly 5000 families is under immense pressure at the moment due to various challenges faced by the COVID-19 epidemic.” states Clement Summerton, National Project Development Manager.
The Operation Hunger feeding scheme has 43 distribution points in deeply rural areas or sprawling informal settlements with little or no basic services.
“In the past few days we have seen a desperate need for more food parcels and estimate that the pressure on our feeding scheme will double, maybe triple due to loss of income in many south african homes. We have the infrastructure in place to help additional vulnerable families but need assistance from donors to be able do so.”
The Operation Hunger #feedafamily campaign enables anyone to donate from R200 on the Operation Hunger website (www.operationhunger.org.za) towards a food & sanitizing pack for a vulnerable family. Once a donation is received, dry bulk foods, tinned foods and sanitary items are purchased and packed at a local supermarket. With the help of volunteers the packs are distributed to beneficiaries identified by local relief committees. Each beneficiary will sign on receipt of the food parcel.
“We have added sanitizing products to our traditional food parcel, and placed a big emphasis on flattening the curve. It is a difficult balancing act of feeding the country and fighting the spread of this dangerous virus but our volunteers and staff have been nothing short of amazing since the announcement of the lockdown.
At the time of writing, the #feedafamily campaign is just 24 hours old, has raised R37 000 which will provide an additional 185 families with food parcels. We are calling on the public to help us feed 10 000 additional families.