Delivering ‘meals on wheels’ to KwaMashu flood survivors

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Residents of KwaMashu line up to receive warm meals from the organisation.

Proving that hunger is not an issue of charity but rather an issue of justice are selfless members of the Meals on Wheels Community Service that has been giving back to those in need since the organisation’s inception in 1964.
Recently, the area director for the NPO, Zandile Nhlengetwa spoke to the Phoenix Sun on the life-changing work her team is doing in the community of KwaMashu following the heavy storms in the area.
“Meals on Wheels Community Service is a national organisation that has six area offices that services all provinces in South Africa. We work directly with communities at grass-root levels. We target communities that are under resourced, vulnerable and the poorest of the poor,” she said.
They take it upon themselves to contribute in transforming lives by fighting hunger in their country.
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“Serving daily nutritious meals is just one step to revive hope in our communities so that they can be able to take ownership of their lives and be independent and finally find meaning. We have a holistic approach to development. Hence, our focus is not only on serving meals but also on other forms of development,” added Nhlengetwa.
The KwaMashu branch and Waterloo branch recently reached out to flood survivors.
“We are serving hot meals three times a day. We have the support of the ward committee leaders, who have assisted us in identifying the worst affected areas. We will also be assisting the residents with food parcels,” she added.
They appreciate the continuous support from individual donors and corporate donors.
“The flood disaster in KwaMashu affected many families. KwaMashu is one of the oldest townships in Durban. It is also an under-resourced community,” she concluded. For more information on the organisation, call 031 780-2200.


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