Cast aims to end food insecurity

2017-02-28 06:00
 Photo: suppliedCast assists the poor via its food parcel programme.

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THE Church Alliance for Social Transformation (Cast) Hearts to Hands food parcels programme helps 300 families in five communities in KwaZulu-Natal. 
Cast spokesperson Laura Mbugua-Mwaura said: “This year Cast’s aim for the Hearts to Hands programme is to end food insecurity in every community we partner in. 
“Our goal is that each household will have access to enough of the right kind of food to ensure healthy lifestyles. 
“To achieve this Cast is planning to use the ‘poverty stoplight survey’ to assess­ both current food parcel recipients and other families living in the communities where Cast works. 
“The aim of this survey is to help families develop a personal strategy to lift themselves out of poverty.”

Cast's relief services are intended as a first step towards empowering these households and it is the organisation’s  aim to only have them on the food parcel programme for one year. 
“This is made possible by offering a holistic solution within Cast where families can be supported by the local church through other Cast programmes such as sport and youth development, education and children’s development and business development. 
“In addition trained facilitators, volunteers and mentors walk alongside families on their journey, making sure they achieve their goals.”

Cast’s intention is to help churches in poor communities to find ways to bring the gospel and social transformation to people in their neighbourhood.
“The key to this process is developing solutions together and helping to resource and develop the projects in the long term.
“This means we are creating a family of churches that work together to support each other in our effort to transform poor and dark communities into happy, healthy neighbourhoods, where God is worshiped and honoured.”

To get involved, email Sandy Reid atsandy@cast.org.za or phone 071 267 1716.

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