Jabulile, the Manaleni Centre Manager, reports:
1. Describe your process for putting together food parcels …
I started by doing quotation from two different wholesale shops, namely Spar and Makro. Spar is a local in our mall, but Makro is kilometer from my home town. It took some days to get respond for quotation but Makro responded fast and praise God, we got a good quotation and they did not charge us the transport to deliver which was great news.
2. Who did you distribute parcels to?
MAC beneficiaries and support group beneficiaries: we have 40 beneficiaries’ families that are registered at MAC, in previous years we have 15 families we used to help with food parcels. But due to limited of funds or more of needs in our community we had to stop giving those families the food parcels. But we praise God due the funding we got we have managed to give out 55 food parcels to the families that are always in MAC programmes for vulnerable and orphaned children. We added 15 families that was part of the support group - most of them are on ARV.
Praise God all the people who have received food parcels are in my area (Manaleni) and were able to walk to the centre to collect their food.
3. How many food parcels did you distribute?
55 food parcels.
4. Who helped you distribute the food parcels (your team, churches, other organisations)?
My staff team and my children helped to pack parcels. We were seven in total: myself, two cooks at the centre, one teacher, one of the home based team and my son and daughter. They were so excited to be the part of helping with the distributing of food parcels.
5. How were the food parcels received by the beneficiaries (any stories of God-in-time, specific needs met etc.)?
“Our beneficiaries were SO EXCITED to receive those food parcels as we know we are in a big crisis in our country and in our community, due to COVID-19, the situation is worse than before. The greatest happiness from our beneficiaries was seeing the food and the big quantity that will last them.
My community people they were excited in a way I can’t explain. They have not stopped to appreciate. Even now when they see me, they will say “please pass our thanks to all the people who have given funds to help us”. Other people were crying tears of joy and telling me how food is VERY expensive these days and that “this food you gave us is a lot - we really appreciate it”.
“There was a lady named Marriam on the day of food parcels who was walking around to all the people saying “who in this earth can buy a grocery for a person that they have never met? It is God’s love that we see here.
May the good Lord bless those loving and caring people and their families.”
6. Any other food parcel stories, learnings or personal comments you want to share?
Our beneficiaries were so EXCITED for the food parcels they can’t close their mouth! I also pass my words of gratitude to say thank you in adding on beneficiaries’ thanks. May the God bless you all for the love and care you have done for my community.