Meals on Wheels feeds and heals

2018-03-15 06:00
Members of Meals on Wheel Wimpie Fourie kneel down giving Enzokuhle Manana,2, his food while Diana Gnudi serving Phelokazi Manana 29 at Mew Way community hall.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

Members of Meals on Wheel Wimpie Fourie kneel down giving Enzokuhle Manana,2, his food while Diana Gnudi serving Phelokazi Manana 29 at Mew Way community hall.PHOTO: UNATHI OBOSE

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In an effort to create awareness about the plight of hunger and poverty in the country, Meals on Wheels Community Services organised an Extreme Ride for Hunger cycle tour to feed about 1000 people from Khayelitsha.

The event was held at the O.R Tambo Community Hall in Site B.

The cycle tour started in Kimberley, in the Northern Province on 4 March and ended in Somerset West, on 9 March. About 20 cyclists rode the gruelling 1000 kilometres.

Feet and Logistics manager for Meals on Wheels Jolene Maasz described South Africa as a developing country with a high unemployment rate, with more than 20% going to bed on an empty stomach.

“Today we are serving a thousand meals to thousand community members in Khayelitsha.

Maasz described Meals on Meals as a non-governmental organization that looks after the poor and needy people in society.

“Some children go to schools without food and the meal that they get from Meals on Wheels are the only meal that they will have.

Sometimes they take home even the food we give them here ... To share with their families,” said Maasz, adding that their intention is to alleviate poverty.

She said they also empower the community members by allowing them to create their own gardens to generate income.

“As an organization there are four main areas of focus, which are food security, poverty alleviation, self sustainability and fund-raising.

We strive to achieve these with the core values of love, spirituality, excellence and justice,” she said.

Soldier Kolweni, the Nzondi Meals on Wheels centre manager in Site B, described Khayelitsha as an impoverish area.

“Many people here don’t have a balanced meal. They eat whatever is in front of them, and when the going get tough, they even default on medication.”

He added: “We work on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday a week between 9 am to 12 noon. We also deliver food to elderly people and those who can’t be able to come to the centre,” he said.

Nobantu Mazantsana,43, a residents from France informal settlement in Site B, said she was grateful to Meals on Wheels for the food said it made a different because she can be able to take her treatment after meal.

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