WINDHOEK, MARCH 6 – In an attempt to alleviate food insecurity in the country Waldschmidt Egg CC donated 50 boxes of medium sized eggs valued at N$ 35 705 to the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare on Wednesday.
Receiving the donation, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Bishop (Emeritus) Zephania Kameeta, said the donation is in line with the objective of the food bank, which is to receive food donations from the private sector, international donors, individuals and communities at large for distribution to the neediest people across the country.
“At the moment, Government is shouldering this burden on a monthly basis, therefore it is a relief to see the private sector, in this instance Waldschmidt Egg CC coming on board to assist government in this regard,” said Kameeta.
According to Kameeta the establishment of the food bank main initial purpose was to collect, purchase and safely distribute food to the needy and most vulnerable members of the Namibian society.
Since its beginnings in 2 June 2016, the foodbank has benefited about 17 000 people in six regions and still aims to roll it out to the entire country by June 2019.
The food bank beneficiaries comprises of mostly women, who are unemployed but still responsible for caring for their families, the sick or people with chronic illnesses, and the elderly who have the burden of looking after their grandchildren or orphans.
It aims to target the most vulnerable members of society.
“We are indeed very grateful for this kind donation as it compliments Government efforts to fight hunger and poverty amongst our people,” expressed Kameeta.
He explained that the fight against hunger and poverty requires concerted efforts and stressed the need to join hands in order to address and meet the expectations of the Namibian people. – NDN Staffer