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Supplies in the Tshwane food bank have been spoiled, resulting in a call to residents and organizations to assist beneficiaries.
MMC for health, Sakkie du Plooy, said that the Tshwane food bank was used to respond to disasters by providing emergency social relief to individuals and eligible homes affected, as prescribed by the rights bill in the constitution.
To enable such relief, the city keeps an emergency stock of food and non-food items in the food bank.
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The food bank in its current form supports a total of 221 non-profit organizations and 1 666 individuals on a regular basis.
Du Plooy commented on the sharp decline in foodstuff stock levels, it was important to inform the regular bank beneficiaries promptly of a possible reduction in the size of the parcels.
"While waiting to complete the procurement process to re-stock the food bank fully, the city does everything possible to acquire additional stock.
"In recent months, Mooiplaas, Laezonia, Moreleta Park, Plastic View 1 and Plastic View 2 in the east of Pretoria were removed in a fire that had spent the informal settlements."
This provoked the provision of emergency discharge packages with food and non-food items, including blankets, foodstuffs and all victims.
"The repetitive fire event has led to a decline in stock levels in the Tshwane food bank.
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"In the four fire disasters we received, more than 500 structures were cut by fire, leaving a total of 1 296 people without food, shelter and other basic necessities."
A total of 500 parcels were given to these families.
"Providing food and essentials in line with the city's commitment to caring for the vulnerable people and fighting poverty," said Du Plooy.
He encouraged community stakeholders to assist regular beneficiaries who could not have adequate supplies of the food bank with humanitarian aid with the aim of reducing suffering.
Organizations and individuals who would like to contribute by providing support can access food bank officers on 012 358 5998.
Tshwane's food bank may not accept storage donations at its premises, but the meter would rather facilitate the links between donors and organizations or in need of families.
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