Food parcel distribution: a lifeline to the unemployed youth
More than 600 unemployed youth from Cosmo City are keeping themselves busy and benefiting from Mahlasedi Foundation by distributing food parcels door to door using wheelbarrows and trolleys.
The youth distributors are compensated with stipends, which they use to buy certain products from the shops, according to Mahlasedei Foundation Operating Manager Jan Pestorius.
“Without them, we wouldn’t be able to do the distribution,” Pestorius said. “They have been assisting us from Day One, and we have delivered close to 15 000 food parcels in Cosmo City using wheelbarrows. We really appreciate their effort. Our aim is to make sure that the finances stay in the community.”
We really enjoy delivering food parcels and are happy to work with Mahalasedi Foundation, said a resident who identified himself as only Mapakisha. “I lost my job due to COVID-19, but I manage to continue bringing food to my family, thanks to Mahlasedi Foundation.”
“I think everybody is happy to deliver the food parcels because we are doing it for the community, and we also benefit from that,” he said. “At the same time we are also exercising our bodies. Personally, I am very excited to be part of the distributing team.”
“They are really doing a splendid job for the community,” said John Mongwe of SANCO. “The fact that they are increasing in numbers means that they are enjoying and benefiting at the same time, which is a good thing. So far we have not received any complaints.
The food parcel distributions resumed on Wednesday 17 June 2020 at the open space outside Tirisano Primary school in extension 4. The food parcels currently being distributed in extension 4 are meant for the tenants because the landlords have already received the parcels in that section.
The distribution is expected to proceed to extension 0 and 5. The distribution sequence for other extensions will be communicated later.