World Food Day, celebrated on 16 October each year, is about acknowledging the food insecurity in our communities and George Municipality celebrated the day by giving food hampers to 12 organisations who will share the food with needy elderly, chronically ill persons and children.
Cllr Sean Snyman, Portfolio Councillor for Social Development, said in his keynote address, at the World Food Day event at George Municipality, we in the community need to stand together.
“We must go back to the ways of old and take hands. We as a Municipality can just do so much with the resources we have. But with organisations like the non-profit organisations and as individuals we can do a lot.”
Snyman shared a story on how he phoned friends and acquaintances to help an abused woman get a wendy house and in the process helped her reunite with her children. He said with the help of businesses it took a few hours to find this woman a safe haven.
The social organisations who received food hampers are Phambili Refuge, Ithemba lobomi, Bethesda Medical Care centre, Badisa, ACVV, Seven Passes Initiative, Helpende Hand, George Nightshelter, Môreson Kinder en Jeugsorgsentrum, Association of Persons with Disabilities, Age in Action and Kindersorg.
From the experiences of the Community Social Development section and organisations working in the community it is clear, the accessibility of food becomes a day to day struggle and in many instances people experience chronic hunger (that’s when people are without food for a long period of time).
People sometimes make do with the little they have which do not always meet the needed nutrition to sustain a growing child and or for ill people.
World Food Day is about showing the broader community that the George Municipality are aware of these daily struggles and attempt to bring some relief to poverty stricken community members. The food hampers are distributed to our local non-governmental organisations that work with the mentioned vulnerable groups on a daily basis. These organisations distribute the food items to the relevant people.
Caption: Deputy Mayor, Cllr Charlotte Clarke and Cllr Sean Snyman, Portfolio Councillor with officials from the George Municipality handed food hampers to representatives of 12 social organisations to distribute to their clients. The representatives were also treated to refreshments.