Help stop hunger during Food Action Week

As part of its Food Action Week (13 to 20 October 2012) campaign, Stop Hunger Now South Africa (SHN SA) will attempt to pack 37 000 nourishing meals to under-resourced preschools in and around Cape Town on Saturday, 20 October 2012.

The meal packaging drive will take place in Kenilworth Centre’s Main Court from 10am – 4pm. Shoppers can join the battle against hunger by donating R15 towards a nutritious pack that will translate into a meal for six hungry preschool kids. The Stop Hunger Now meal consists of rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a mixture of 21 vitamins and minerals packaged into reasonable servings of six which can be safely stored for up to a year.

30 000 of the meals have been generously sponsored by the Oceana Foundation, who have been regular supporters of Stop Hunger Now SA, having contributed funding for more than 40 000 meals at previous events. A further 4 800 meals have been sponsored by ABSA bank, and the remainder from other donors.

Oceana’s Group Strategic Services Director, Lea Conrad, says, “The Oceana Group values the opportunity to contribute towards alleviating the plight of people struggling to put food on their table amidst present economic and social conditions. Food security has been identified as a critical issue not only in South Africa, but globally. Oceana is committed to implementing a rigorous corporate social investment strategy via the Oceana Foundation with a focus on education and food security in and around the communities in which the group operates.”

More than 200 volunteers from all walks of life, school going to senior citizens, will be part of the drive to fight hunger at Kenilworth Centre. Ten members of the Santos Football Club will join the fight against hunger in South Africa from 10am – 11pm at Kenilworth Centre.

“This is the second meal packaging programme hosted at Kenilworth Centre. We are delighted yet again to be partnered with Stop Hunger Now South Africa (SHN SA). Last year we packaged 36 000 meals successfully and this year we aim for 37 000 meals to coincide with Kenilworth Centre’s 37th birthday. However, this is more than a ‘food hand-out’ for Kenilworth Centre. It’s about sustaining our community and making an impact”, says Terry Pollock, Senior Property Manager.

Since the programme’s inception in 2005, nearly 125 000 Stop Hunger Now volunteers have packaged more than 75 million meals around the world, with over 2 million of these meals being packed and distributed in South Africa.

If you would like to volunteer for an hour or a day, please contact David or Michelle at Stop Hunger Now at wcape@stophungernowsa.org. Alternatively, Kenilworth Centre invites shoppers to donate R15 towards 6 meals on this day. For further information about the event please call 021 671 5054.

Issued by: Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, 12 October 2012