WATCH | Gift of the Givers hands out food parcels in Nyanga

While the national lockdown has helped South Africa reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, for many people who live in impoverished communities, the restrictions have left them without income and food.

Nyanga, in the Western Cape, known as the South Africa's murder capital, is not excluded from this struggle.

A high unemployment rate and strict lockdown rules have left several residents without an income.

On Wednesday, Gift of the Givers visited the area to drop off food parcels at the local police station. The station approached the humanitarian aid group after residents kept asking them for food.

Ali Sablay told News24 that residents only ate one meal a day.

"Parents have to choose which meal they will give their children in the day. It's either breakfast, lunch or supper because it's the only meal they can afford," Ali explained. 

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"Oftentimes the meal is bread dipped in water," he added.

The NGO distributed 300 food parcels. Each parcel included essentials such as rice, sugar, samp and maize meal. They even included a chocolate treat for the children.

Resident Nomvuyiso Jantjie told News24 that she was grateful for the help she received.

"I have nine people in my house and this parcel will change our lives," she said.

Over the coming weeks, Gift of the Givers will visit other sections of the sprawling township.

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