Atlantic Food Services donates biscuits to starving Ruacana comm

RUACANA: Catering company, Atlantic Food Services, on Wednesday donated biscuits to the starving people of the Ruacana Constituency in the Omusati Region.

The Ruacana Constituency received poor rains during the last rainy season.

The company’s Area Director for the Northern Regions, Frans Mbidi, told Nampa at the handing-over event that the donation, worth N.dollars 25 000, is his company’s humble contribution to the people who are going hungry in the Ruacana Constituency.

“It is part of our company’s social responsibility and a response to the government’s call for corporate companies to also render support to the needy communities,” said Mbidi.

Chief Clerk of the Ruacana Constituency, Nandjila Shaanika, received the donation on behalf of her councillor, Abast Ipinge, who could not be present due to other official commitments.

Contacted for comment telephonically after the donation hand over, Ipinge indicated that more food is needed, as all the donations received thus far is not enough for the about 8 000 people who are seriously going hungry in the constituency.

Ipinge believes that starvation has affected the whole constituency, but only the severely affected inhabitants receive maize meal that was provided by the central government through the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) since 17 September this year.

The constituency received about 7 540 bags of maize meal, weighing 12.5kg each, from the OPM to be distributed among the starving households.

Ipinge said less than 2 000 out of approximately 8 000 affected people have thus far been supplied with maize meal, but there is still a need for cooking oil, tinned fish or any other food.

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