“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat” – Jesus (Matthew 25)
We recognise the severity of the current food crisis, and are committed to acting in response to it. We want to acknowledge the work that many churches and other organisations are already doing to address this crisis in their local communities and across the province. These actions are generally happening in the following ways:
These initiatives, activated and implemented by local communities need to be encouraged, strengthened and shared.
In the Western Cape, the WCEN COVID Task Team and RESPOND Coalition, supported by The Warehouse, have developed a solution that sends cash vouchers via sms to beneficiaries identified by local community leaders and church networks. These vouchers can be used at any Shoprite, PicknPay, Usave, Checkers or Boxer stores, in full or in part, to purchase food and other essential items. Operational costs are funded by a designated grant enabling 99% of funds getting directly to the beneficiary.
The Warehouse Trust is a Section 18A Public Benefit Organisation making all donations to the project tax-deductible. It is governed by a Board of ten Trustees and is independently audited on an annual basis. A specifically designated account will be utilised for the voucher related transactions.