During the Covid-19 lockdown, the Department of Social Development, in partnership with Raisins South Africa and various packers, contributed to 10 000 food parcels. The food parcels were distributed to communities in the Northern Cape.
The Raisins SA team approached packers to donate 7 000kg small packed raisins in total. Red Sun, Carpe Diem and Pioneer contributed to the project. The total financial contribution to the Department of Social Development and SASSA was R219 457.90.
Raisins SA’s aim is to contribute to the lives of people through contributions towards food, security and literacy in South Africa. The food parcel project forms part of a broader food security mandate and it is through these and similar initiatives that organisations can support our government to help alleviate the ongoing hunger in South Africa.
We readily acknowledge that food parcel provision is not a sustainable long-term solution, but a very necessary response to alleviate the suffering being experienced. In the absence of a viable alternative, the provision of a food parcel might well be lifesaving.
Only those who have experienced extreme hunger would understand that a food parcel is, exponentially, way more than a mere hand-out.