George Municipality Social Development section celebrated World Food Day, an annual event, by acknowledging food insecurity in our communities and gave 15 organisations food hampers who will share the food with needy elderly, chronically ill persons and children.
Erika Brown, Councillor for Ward 3, opened the event and welcomed all invitees. Everyone were reminded of the privilege of having food to eat and having earth that can provide a harvest. Ms Vuyokazi Qwanyashe entertained the crowd with singing. Sean Snyman, Portfolio Councillor for Social Development, Libraries and Sport, shared with the attendees that World Food Day is celebrated across 150 countries on 16 October.
Snyman noted research he had done and said that 14 % of food is being lost from post-harvest up to the retail level, in Sub-Saharan Africa alone, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation. An estimated one third of all food produced globally is lost or goes to waste. “The reality in South Africa is, we do not have enough capacity to sustain our own food requirements and unless we start working smarter with our agricultural resources, we are going to find ourselves in the same situation as our African counterparts.”
“Nothing can survive without food, and today we say – protect our right to live by protecting the land that feeds us. Nothing prevents us as individuals in making an impact by being responsible for protecting the environment around us and to grow our own basic nutrients by using innovative ideas,” Snyman said.
Photo caption – Food: Beneficiaries, Councillors and officials of George Municipality at World Food Day. The beneficiaries that received food hampers are Age in Action, Kidstop Youth for Christ, Seven Passes Initiative, Helpende Hande, South African Police Service, ACVV George, Ithemba Lobomi, Sanca, Badisa, Bethesda, Jaicoas, George Night shelter, Association for Persons with Disabilities Pacaltsdorp, George Child Welfare Association and the Department of Social Development.