Mandela Day is round the corner, and as a build up, Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa has teamed up with Sun International’s GrandWest Casino, to help eradicate hunger. They are packing 2 million meals for needy children, with the help of the public.
They are appealing to the public to come to Market Hall at Grand West and join in on this heartwarming humanitarian food packing production line.
The meals will be distributed at the Early Childhood Development Centres.
Stop Hunger Now is an international organisation that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid, worldwide. In South Africa, it was established in 2009, with operations in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The campaign “Follow the Sun” Meal Packaging Event kicks off from the 13 July to the 21 July 2016 across 7 cities in South Africa.
CEO of Stop Hunger Now, Saira Khan says that so far they've managed to pack about 175 000 meals of the 2 million.
We are planning to get going and keep going just as long as we have people who are willing to pack.— Saira Khan, CEO of Stop Hunger Now
This is all wonderful because it is done in the name of providing a nutritional meal for children— Saira Khan, CEO of Stop Hunger Now
Khan says each meal box contains 36 meal bags, containing six meals each of nutritional food. The bags are packed with rice, soya, soup mix and a vitamin sachet containing 23 essential vitamins and minerals.
Listen to the full interview below:
Africa Melane also spoke to Dr Hassen Adams, Chairman of Sunwest, a division of Sun International.
According to Hassen, Sunwest has been involved in providing meals for needy children as part of its corporate social responsibility
We reach out everyday to feed children at schools, through the help that we give to the Peninsula school feeding programme, along with many various initiatives, making sure that kids are being fed at schools.— Dr Hassen Adams, Chairman of Sunwest
You'll be shocked to see how many children go to school without a meal— Dr Hassen Adams, Chairman of Sunwest
This is a wonderful initiative because it provides food for people, particularly children for a week or two weeks. And I feel good about it— Dr Hassen Adams, Chairman of Sunwest
A group of students from the Good College woke up very early this morning to spend 67 minutes packing meals for needy children. Africa Melane caught up with two of those students to share their experiences. Listen below: