SPAR and Operation Hunger feed Alex families

    Staff and volunteers worked around the clock to package 3 000 food parcels that are distributed to families in need. Photo:Pierre Bassani

    ALEX – SPAR and Operation Hunger donate 3 000 food parcels to starving Covid-19 families in Alex.

    During times of crisis, it is important to recognise common humanity and show compassion to those in dire need.

    This is precisely what prompted SPAR Inland and Operation Hunger’s #FeedaFamily campaign to join forces in a donation of food parcels for those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Alexandra and other areas in Gauteng.

    More than 3 000 less-fortunate families received much-needed food parcels in what the two organisations described as their humble part in the fight against food in food insecurity and malnutrition brought on by the outbreak of the Coronavirus.

    The food hampers were delivered during the week of 25 to 29 May and distributed to deserving families in Alex, Cosmo City, Honeydew, Katlehong, Rondebult, Tembisa and Vanderbijl.

    The hampers included staple food items like milk, maize meal, samp, tea, sugar, cooking oil, salt, and beef stock, to name a few items. A group of volunteers and SPAR employees packaged the food parcels and upon distribution, provided beneficiaries with community-based educational training on Covid-19 and ways to minimise the effects and spread of the disease.

    Sandy Bukula, interim CEO of Operation Hunger, said the contribution of food hampers has bolstered ongoing efforts to improve access to food for all throughout the lockdown period of the pandemic.

    “Informed by our 45 years of feeding the country in times of crisis, our #Feedafamily campaign aims to feed no less than 10 000 families. Our model of food distribution has ensured that the SPAR food donation took only seven days to feed the more than 3 000 families in and around Gauteng,” Bukula said.

    Brett Botten, managing director of SPAR South Rand Distribution Centre said, “The aim of the donation is to inspire people to be and do more.

    “It’s during times like these that we really need to work together and support each other. We are a community-based business and we trust that our small gesture will make a difference in the lives of those affected.”

    Nonelela Xaba-Butjie, HR executive for SPAR South Rand Distribution Centre said they hope the food parcel donations will bring relief to those who are struggling financially as well as emotionally.