Eliminating hunger in Pietermaritzburg

2016-01-20 06:00
Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa workers pack food during a corporate packing event.                                                                                          PHOTO: supplied

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa workers pack food during a corporate packing event. PHOTO: supplied

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STOP Hunger Now Southern Africa signed a memorandum of understanding with the
Pietermaritzburg District Community Chest to eliminate hunger in Pietermaritzburg.

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa CEO Saira Khan said: “The memorandum of understanding is a joint venture between Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa and the PMB Community Chest that will initially focus on providing 300 children with a hot, nutritious meal five times a week. We hope to grow this within the next six months - funding being available.”

Stop Hunger Now is an international organisation which was established in the United States in 1998 by Dr Ray Buchanan.

The organisation manages the distribution of food and life-saving aid around the globe.

Stop Hunger Now SA is a volunteer-based meal packaging and nutrition programme and was established in 2009.

The South African branch has operations in Johannesburg and in Cape Town. Its vision is to eliminate hunger.

The chief patron of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa is Graça Machel.

“The programme started in January and the first meals will be delivered this month. It was a joint decision by me and Michael
[Deegan] from the Community Chest to do this as we are opening an office and warehouse in Pietermaritzburg, and it was the ideal partner,” said Khan.

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