Govt looking at ways to have food parcels delivered to people’s homes - Lesufi

There have been images of thousands of South African families lining up for food parcels in different parts of the country.

Gauteng acting MEC for Social Development Panyaza Lesufi on 15 April 2020 received over 10,000 food parcels and other supplies from social partners to help those in need during the lockdown. The supplies will be stored at the central warehouse and Johannesburg Food Bank. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While government is responding to the plight of vulnerable communities in the country, the ways in which food parcels are being distributed remains a concern.

There have been images of thousands of South African families lining up for food parcels in different parts of the country.

The community of Olievenhoutbosch in centurion gathered in numbers today to receive food.

The pandemic has resulted in a nationwide lockdown that's seen many South Africans without an income.

Government has made available R43 million for food parcels to be handed over to needy communities.

Other relief organisations have contributed money to the Solidarity Fund to assist in this regard.

However, with some South Africans forced to queue and gather in one place to receive the parcels, the potential exposure to COVID-19 is far too great.

Gauteng Acting Social Development MEC Panyaza Lesufi said they were making plans to deliver food to households.
“But because we know who has registered, it will be better to have the food delivered door to door, but that on its own has logistical difficulties. You can’t just do it overnight.”

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