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Here’s how you can help feed Durban’s hungry

Hundreds of needy families rely on food parcels to survive.

“AT least, today we are going to eat.”

That is what one worker from Epic Youth Matters heard from one of the parents as they were handing out food hampers in the Palmiet area, Durban.


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“Today we will eat! For how long have these families been going to bed hungry? For how long can this go on? Children, innocent children, families trying to make it. I can’t… But I have to,” said Michelle Chetty, Director of EYM, a non-profit organisation that usually runs a school lunch program in impoverished schools.

However, since the national lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation is now delivering food hampers straight to children’s homes.


Chetty said they had delivered at least 700 hampers in the Palmiet area and to an orphanage in Clermont that hosts about 4000 people.

The hampers have been made possible by numerous cash donations coming from people all over the country.

People stand in line wiating for food parcels.

Chetty said it only took about R300 to feed a family for 2 weeks.

Their food hampers also include hygiene supplies like sanitary pads for young girls.

“But the fight to end poverty is certainly not over. We aim to equip people to be able to sustain themselves and their own communities in the long run, but for now, the people need food,” she said.

Here’s how you can donate:

Absa bankBranch:  Chatsworth
Acc holder: Epic Youth Matters
Cheque AccAcc no: 4075856898
Branch code: 632005
Swift code: Absa ZAJJ
Ref: Your name + C19hamper



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