Help feed Mangaung children this winter

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SELLWANE KHAKHAU

School feeding schemes play an important role of ensuring that children get at least one proper meal a day. For some children – especially those from underprivileged families, feeding schemes are the main source of their meal for the day.

According to Thembile Mohlonyane, Programs Coordinator of Free State Food Project – an NGO that donates food parcels to underprivileged households in Mangaung – poverty is still very much a big problem for many. Mohlonyane added that school holidays mean a period of unavoidable hunger and starvation for some children.

“The reality is that some children mainly go to school to receive a meal. This is because they understand that being absent from school may mean going the entire day without a proper meal. Hunger affects more people than we understand. It isn’t only a problem for people living on the streets or those in informal settlements or child-headed households. It’s for this reason that we aim to ensure that we donate food parcels to as many households as possible, to alleviate poverty for some of these children during school holidays,” he said.

He added: “We welcome any donations from the public. We collect mainly foods that can be stored for a long period of time without expiring – such as maize meal, samp, sugar, tinned-food, beans, baking flour, cooking oil, and others.”

The campaign is supported by Mangaung’s Community Development unit and Bloemfontein Courant, as a media partner.

For more information on how to make donations, one may contact Thembile Mohlonyane (Programs Coordinator) on 074 745 2414 or hungerstampout@gmail.com/thembile@fsfoodproject.org.za.

Alternatively, people can physically deliver the food to this address:

25 Bastion Street
Bloemfontein CBD (Focul Print office)
9300

The offices are open from 08:00 to 17:00, Monday to Friday.

More information on the story will be in BloemfonteinCourant’s next issue on Thursday (02 July 2015).