Namibia is set to roll out its Food Bank Programme countrywide by mid-year, in a bid to eradicate poverty, The Namibia reported.
The Poverty Eradication Minister, Zephania Kameeta disclosed this after receiving a donation of eggs worth N$35 705 from Waldschmidt Egg CC for the programme, in Windhoek recently.
The Food Bank Programme was established by President Hage Geingob in 2013, with the aim to fight poverty and hunger in the country. It is mandated to assist needy and vulnerable community members with food.
“The concept of the Food Bank is one of the government’s immediate measures to address hunger and poverty, which will be re-engineered to include special case management and graduation model programmes for those who can be graduated out of social assistance,” said Kameeta.
He expressed gratitude to Waldschmidt Egg CC, saying the government was grateful for the donation as it complements their efforts to fight hunger and poverty.
“The donation is in line with the objectives of the Food Bank, which is to receive food donations from private and community donors for distribution to the neediest members of society across the country,” he added.
“At the moment, the government is shouldering this burden on a monthly basis. Therefore, it is a relief to see the private sector, in this instance Waldschmidt Egg CC, coming on board to assist the government in this regard.”
Waldschmidt Egg CC’s General Manager, Eckhard Waldschmidt, said his company ensure that the Ministry is successful in responding to issues of the people affected by hunger in the country, through this donation.