Food relief packages for ELM communities

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Food parcelsGovernment and kind donors helping lockdown-hit communities. To help cushion the blow of the Covid-19 national lockdown, the Gauteng Department of Social Development, Sedibeng District and Emfuleni Local Municipalities, Gauteng Coaches and the Al-Imdaad Foundation distributed 153 food relief parcels to residents of Vaal Oewer informal settlement.

The handover of the food parcels took place at the local soccer grounds on Wednesday (08 April, 2020), where dozens of families queued to collect the relief packages, made up of 12,5kg bags of maize meal, cooking oil, and other essentials.

ELM Basic Services MMC, Councillor Bheki Ntsele thanked all sponsors who contributed the food relief parcels.

“There are over 150 families who benefitted today, and this proves ours is a caring government,” said MMC Ntsele.

Also present at the handover was Sedibeng District Municipality Speaker, Councillor Andiswa Mosai.

Qari Ziyaad Patel, who spoke on behalf of the Al-Imdaad foundation, said the organization, working with Gauteng Coaches, has donated thousands of maize meal bags to different communities in Emfuleni.
“For most people, the lockdown means no work, no pay, and this sadly means no food for many families.

Following the handover in Vaal Oewer, more food relief packages were distributed in other wards and areas of the municipality. Patel said the Al-Imdaad foundation has a target of 100 000 maize meal bags which will all be donated to affected communities across ELM and the country.

Residents of the Vaal Oewer informal settlement queue for food relief packages.

 

 

 

 

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