The GSCID recently received a large donation of ‘sell-by-date’ food, which is still perfectly fit for consumption. The donation was kindly supplied by Pick ‘n Pay Family Store in St Peters Square, Observatory. This will be an ongoing programme to support the GSCID work among the homeless in the community.

 

Ingrid Frieslaar, the Social Outreach Manager for the GSCID, will collect the food donation every week and oversee the distribution to those in need

Ingrid Frieslaar, the Social Outreach Manager for the GSCID, will collect the food donation every week and oversee the distribution to those in need

 

Ingrid Frieslaar, the Social Outreach Manager for the GSCID, collects the food donation every Monday, Thursday and Friday morning. Items included are fresh fruit and vegetables, prepared vegetables, stir fry, soup mix, muffins and bread. The food is sorted at the GSCID offices and items that are suitable for freezing are stored in the 2 metre chest freezer recently acquired by the GSCID.

The stored food is used for emergency meals for homeless people in the area, as well as the Straatwerk cleaners. Particularly now that winter has set in and many have no meal for the day. The balance of food is then distributed to other charities operating in the area among the homeless.

“I am very grateful to Pick ‘n Pay Observatory for the kind donation of food. With this donation, we are able to help so many people in our area that are hungry and in need of a meal. I refer many of my clients (homeless people) to Straatwerk and the other shelters. I view this food as a wonderful incentive for those of my clients who have obtained working at Straatwerk. It is a reward for them keeping the GSCID streets clean. It helps to brighten their day and improve their lives,” says Frieslaar.

With the first batch received, two crates of food were donated to the Assessment Centre in Franklin Street, Observatory, a shelter for homeless people. A further two crates were donated to Loaves and Fishes, another shelter in the area. One crate was also donated to Straatwerk,  who employs 6 to 8 teams of 3 people each, working on a normal day, all who would otherwise be unemployed. On the day of the first donation, there were 24 people working at Straatwerk who received food when they had finished their shift.

 

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The food is sorted at the GSCID offices and items that are suitable for freezing are stored in the 2 metre chest freezer recently acquired by the GSCID.

“We at Pick n Pay,” says Umberto de Abreu, Director of the store, “believe that doing good is good business. We believe in supporting organisations that support those in need in our community and look for opportunities to improve the communities we operate in. This is why we approached the GSCID to evaluate how we can support the excellent work they are doing. We look forward to a long relationship with the GSCID in improving the lives of all in our community.”

Anthony Davies, GSCID CEO, says: “We are, indeed, very grateful to Pick ‘n Pay Observatory for this generous donation. At least the prospect of a healthy meal will bring some measure of cheer to the destitute who very often don’t know where their next meal will come from.”

 

 

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