Mr Veg has donated 1 500 fruit and vegetable hampers to North West District Council specifically to be distributed to the elderly and needy in Maun and Okavango sub districts.
In response to the national call to donate to the COVID-19 fund, which was put in place when the country went into lockdown due to the spread of the corona virus, the major fruit and vegetable seller in Maun presented their pledge to the council leadership on Monday morning in Maun.
“We pledge to distribute 100 hampers a day, which will make 500 hampers a week,” explained Mr Veg’s store manager in Maun, Gaone Kebalepile.
Each hamper, according to the pledge will contain approximately 5-6 kgs of mixed fruit and vegetables, that is, potatoes, onions, carrots, beetroot, tomatoes, green pepper, oranges or apples. According to the store’s managing director, Hemant Kochar, the mix has been designed to meet the basic weekly requirements of a small household.
“Hampers will be delivered by Mr. Veg trucks to the location designated by the council. To address any safety concerns, all hampers will be strictly checked for quality and each consignment will be open to inspection by North West District Council before distribution,” Kochar had stated.
From next week Monday, the hampers will be distributed to vulnerable households especially the elderly and the needy within the Maun and Okavango sub districts.
Botswana like the rest of the world is grappling with effects of COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected many sectors of the economy. It is against this background that a national relief fund was established for both individuals and the businesses to donate into as a way of assisting government mitigate the effects of the problem on citizens.
“Access to food is a basic need hence the decision by government to give food basket relief to households in need during the lock down period,” explained North West district council secretary, Motlogelwa Thuso as he appreciated the donation.
Thuso pointed out that many families in the district were in need of food baskets, “We truly appreciate your support; the hampers will make a difference in the lives of our vulnerable members of our community during the lockdown period. This is a demonstration of solidarity by your company during this time of need.”
Since lockdown was declared at the beginning of April, a total of 333 647 households have been assessed, and 22 222 of them have been recommended for social welfare. Out of the recommended number, just 16 223 have been assisted with food baskets so far.