Pilot food bank to operate soon

16 Oct 2014 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 16 OCT (NAMPA) – A pilot food bank for the needy will operate in the capital soon, City of Windhoek deputy mayor Muesee Kazapua says.
He made the announcement during the commemoration of Wold Food Day here on Thursday.
The idea of a food bank for the entire country was initiated by Government some three years ago after local media reported that Namibians are scavenging for food at dumpsites.
Food consigned for dumping by restaurants, shops and outlets will now be brought to the food bank, from where it will be distributed properly to the needy.
The main purpose of the food bank is to alleviate hunger and provide for the basic needs of vulnerable people in Namibia by soliciting, collecting and packaging food.
Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku last year motivated that Cabinet approves an amount of N.dollars 160 000 as start-up capital for the establishment of the food bank.
It will operate from the Disaster Risk Management’s warehouse in Windhoek's Prosperita area, and will be implemented at other towns as well.
Speaking at the same occasion, Windhoek mayor Agnes Kafula recognised the thousands of Namibians who do not have access to food and nutrition required to lead a healthy and productive life.
“We must, therefore, admit that we all have the responsibility to promote a functioning food system which fully meets national food security needs,” she stressed.
In order to create awareness for the role that local authorities have to play in fighting hunger and share in the successful food security systems with others, the City of Windhoek, in collaboration with the World Future Council, supported by the City of Belo Horizonte in Brazil and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FOA) of the United Nations, held a workshop here for mayors on food and nutrition security during July 2014.
A report on the mayors’ food security workshop was handed over to Hausiku during the event.