Monday, October 26, 2020
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Manenberg-based NGO feeds over 60 000 poor residents during lockdown

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NGO Generosity for Humanity is playing their part to make sure that those who are less fortunate, do not go to bed with empty stomachs. Through their Central Kitchen, launched at Manenberg High School, the organization has fed thousands of people in the Cape Flats during the national lockdown.

“We’re trying to create a difference by addressing hunger,” said Yumna Splinters Generosity for Humanity project manager. The initial start-up funding came from family and friends who wanted to provide food parcels as a temporary form of relief to hundreds.

To date, the organisation has managed to feed close to 60 000 people and recognised the need to establish a central cooking and distribution centre during the Covid-19 pandemic, to provide cooked, packaged meals to areas in crisis and for food relief beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Generosity for Humanity is also embarking on food security garden projects in both Manenberg and Nyanga that will see many people and organised groups involved in community gardening. Splinters urged the government and private companies to assist the NGO.

“There was a rapid response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the initial intention was to feed as many as we could. We ended up looking at the hunger situation and we realised that it’s not about Covid-19 – our communities were struggling before Covid-19,” added Splinters.

At the launch, Mayor, Dan Plato said the local government had to act swiftly to feed its communities. “Government has to support NGOs; that’s why we’re supporting Generosity for Humanity. They’re doing great work in areas like Manenberg, Nyanga and Khayelitsha. Unfortunately, we can’t support each and every organisation out there. This is one of the fortunate ones and our support will continue,” said Plato. He added that from the City’s side, the food aid programme will continue.

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