Meals for the needy




HELPING HANDS: A volunteer peels vegetables for the nutritious meals that are served to the needy

MANY Komani residents are perhaps unaware that Hopewell Health Services serves about 18000 meals a month by way of three meals a week from its seven service points.
Manager Mcebisi Hoho this week told The Rep that businesses in town donated foodstuffs on a weekly basis which was then processed and cooked by volunteers at the point in Zone 2, Ezibeleni.
From there it is distributed thrice weekly to the other service points at Mlungisi, Sabata Dalindyebo, Silvertown, Ndlovukazi and Cathcart for serving to those who need it.
“Not everything is donated. We also raise funds when we can and we get a subsidy and an official bakkie from our parent body,” he said.
Meals are prepared according to a set menu and their focus is on vulnerable, needy people of any age who do not appear on the database of social services. The preparation and cooking work is done by volunteers who are not paid.
“We have never advertised our services but the message has spread through word of mouth. We would welcome any additional donations and people are welcome to come and see what we do,” Hoho said.
In December they hosted a Christmas lunch for about 450 people in the Mzi Skweyiya Hall which was attended by Enoch Mgijima mayor Lindiwe Gunuza-Nkwentsha, who congratulated the workers on the good job they did and expressed a wish to co-operate with them

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