Residents benefit from first round of Food Bank

30 Jun 2016 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUN (NAMPA) - About 27 500 residents in the Tobias Hainyeko Constituency on Thursday started receiving food items from the Food Bank that was launched here on Thursday.
Beneficiaries received a packed parcel of food which include maize meal; tinned fish; corned beef; cooking oil; beans; packets of yeast; bread flour; brown sugar; and body soap. One packet is valued at about N.dollars 550.
Speaking during the launch at Fidel Castro Ruz Primary School in that constituency, President Hage Geingob said Namibia is moving in the right direction and better days lie ahead.
“By pledging support to our efforts, you have all exhibited the power of the Harambee Prosperity Plan spirit. It has been said that if one person suffers, then we all suffer.
“Togetherness is strength in courage. If one Namibian is suffering from poverty, our whole nation is suffering,” he stressed.
The head of state explained the Food Bank project is part of an integrated poverty eradication framework, which includes a graduation model, with the intent being to ultimately break the poverty cycle and not create dependency.
He noted there are some people, who may seize this opportunity not to celebrate this breakthrough moment, but rather to express their habitual criticism of Government developmental efforts.
“To our citizens from other regions, do not despair. You have not been left out. This is a fine-tuning process, therefore we want to get things right before we come to you. In every war, you must win your small battles first before you progress to more complex battles,” Geingob added.
One recipient, 65-year-old Nolaskus Nsinono, commended Government for the move, noting that he will not go to bed hungry again.
“I am so happy for this food, thank you my government,” he told Nampa.
Meanwhile, the identification of beneficiaries has commenced in the Samora Machel Constituency, where distribution of foodstuff will start by the beginning of August 2016.
The pilot exercise will be extended to other constituencies in the Khomas Region by December, before being rolled out countrywide.
The beneficiaries will be registered at the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare through selected street committees. The ministry has so far trained 117 community-based unemployed volunteers for the street committees. Their allowances are not known at this stage.
Beneficiaries must meet the following requirements: provide proof of identification of all household members; must be unemployed or employed or receive State social grants, but whose household monthly income per capita is below N.dollars 400.
Any person or institution can contribute food items to the Food Bank.