Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa (SA), an international hunger relief organisation, has extended its programme to Hout Bay with the generous support of the Oceana Foundation. A pilot project will see five early childhood development centres (ECDs) with 150 children in total receiving meal packages every month for at least the next six months.
The organisation was established in 1998 and is driven by a vision of a world without hunger in our lifetime and a mission to provide food to the most destitute and hungry in the most effective, sustainable and efficient manner. Stop Hunger uses funding received to purchase the contents required for a nutritious meal pack, namely, rice, soup mix, pure soya mince and vitamins. It then invites members of the public and companies to participate in meal packaging events. To date, the Oceana Foundation has made R175 000 available in support of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa.
On Friday, 28 September 2012, the first few meal boxes were handed over to crèches in Imizamo Yethu. The boxes were packed during an event with Stop Hunger at Oceana House in honour of Mandela Day in August. About 200 Oceana employees participated, packing 67 boxes each containing 36 meals packs, which equates to 14,688 meals for children under the age of six years once the contents have been cooked.
During the past weekend (29 September, a further meal packing event was held at the Sijonga-Phambili Hall in Hout Bay with 40 boxes packed and sealed. According to Stop Hunger Now SA’s National Strategic Projects Manager, David Jacobs, the organisation together with the Oceana Foundation will host another major packaging event in support of World Food Day at the Kenilworth Centre on 20 October. He says there will be an attempt to pack 37 000 meals from which crèches in Hout Bay will also benefit. World Food Day (October 16) is a day proclaimed by the United Nations, aims to heighten public awareness of the problem of hunger in the world and strengthen international and national solidarity in the struggle against hunger, malnutrition and poverty.
Stop Hunger Now SA places a particular emphasis on early childhood development (0 to 6 years old) and a large portion of aid is directed to lunch programmes at ECD centres in informal settlements.
The Oceana Foundation was established to consolidate Oceana’s corporate social investment and socio economic development initiatives. Its focus areas are education and food security in and around the communities in which the group operates.
Donations can be made to:
Bank: First National Bank Account name: Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa Account number: 622 734 29 483 Branch name: Eastgate Branch code: 257 705 Account type: Current
Issued by: Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, 2 October 2012