Byrone Athman
2 minute read
16 Apr 2021
06:16

Some 1 500 people still rely on East Side Fraternal Feeding Scheme in Pietermaritzburg

Byrone Athman

Started to help people during lockdown, the East Side Fraternal Feeding Scheme now continues to feed the less fortunate in and around the Eastwood area.

Started to help people during lockdown, the East Side Fraternal Feeding Scheme now continues to feed the less fortunate in and around the Eastwood area.

Targeting Eastwood, Glenwood, Cinderella Park and various other informal settlements, the feeding scheme was created to help those disadvantaged in the community as well as those who had lost jobs and livelihoods because of lockdown.

“Last year we saw how Covid had ravaged through the communities causing many who were on the fringe to fall completely into poverty.

“Covid has affected these communities in a drastic way. We have little children waiting for food while their parents are out looking for work and we have tried to help them since the beginning of last year.”
Reverend Ronald Knott.

“At first we wanted to focus solely on children but then we saw not only children who were in need but also their parents who had lost their jobs,” said Reverend Ronald Knott.

“We decided to allow the feeding scheme to be opened to everyone,” said Knott, who is one of six other pastors who are heading the initiative, which has combined with previously existing feeding schemes in the area.

Knott said members of the youth in his church and others along with community volunteers help prepare food and distribute it throughout the areas they feed twice a week.

Feeding an average of 1 500 people on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Knott said it had been a battle to keep the feeding scheme going, but volunteers and donations have allowed them to continue.

“Covid has affected these communities in a drastic way. We have little children waiting for food while their parents are out looking for work and we have tried to help them since the beginning of last year,” said Knott.

Contact Knott on 067 404 1004.