Food distribution to the less privileged started in earnest this week in Tobias Hainyeko Constituency, which has a population of 48 000 people and more 27 500 people are expected to benefit from the programme.
Okuryangava resident Julia Karistu (pictured) could not hide her joy when she received a food parcel. “We’re really thankful to the government. They must continue with the good work. Our children are now enable to go to schools on full stomachs,” stated the mother of three.
Karistu take cares of four of her relatives’ children. Altogether they are 11 people in her household. She explained that the food parcel would supplements the little food they have.
The size of the food parcel depends on the number of people who live in a particular house. A parcel contains maize meal, canned fish, soap, flour, soup mix, salt, sugar and canned beef, amongst others, valued at N$570.
The food bank programme was recently launched by President Hage Geingob with the aim of ending hunger and extreme poverty. This would be done through food purchases, the collection and distribution of food to the poor and vulnerable in urban and peri-urban areas who cannot otherwise afford food.