Food Bank going to //Kharas

14 Feb 2017 08:20am
WINDHOEK, 14 FEB (NAMPA) – The //Kharas Region will as from April this year become the second region to benefit from the Food Bank.
Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare officials will in due course visit communities in Keetmanshoop, Berseba and Lüderitz to discuss logistics on how the Food Bank will operate there.
Poverty Eradication Minister, Zephania Kameeta told Nampa on Monday the Food Bank would involve businesspeople and communities, while those living with disabilities, senior citizens and everybody in need of support would be among the beneficiaries.
“We are not bringing the Food Bank from Windhoek, but encouraging those in their own places to take ownership and leadership,” Kameeta said.
About 22 000 households in seven constituencies in the Khomas Region benefited from the Food Bank since June last year when it was launched, with over 100 000 beneficiaries registered.
Beneficiaries receive a parcel of food that include maize meal; tinned fish; corned beef; cooking oil; beans; packets of yeast; bread flour; brown sugar; and body soap. One parcel is valued at about N.dollars 550.
“We are not only distributing food, but thinking of empowering people with different special programmes, where they will come to a stage of supporting themselves,” he said.
Kameeta said the ministry is still acquiring land for the Food Bank in Katutura, however, the distribution of food would not be delayed by the acquisition.