The Covid-19 lockdown in South Africa unleashed a range of unintended consequences particularly concerning food security in SA. People’s
livelihoods were disrupted and unemployment soared, leaving those living from hand to mouth unable to feed themselves or their
Government school feeding schemes were stopped, leaving 9 million children without a daily meal – sometimes their only meal.
Boikanyo the Dion Herson Foundation partnered up with NGOs and corporates in the ‘Save a Soul’ Project in which we sent e’Pap (high energy porridge which contains so much of the daily nutritional requirement) to deep rural communities who were starving.
We prioritised child and grandmother headed households, and those without SA birth certificates. We provided enough e’Pap to sustain more than 110 000 children under the age of 6 countrywide, each for 30 days. In addition we provided other forms of humanitarian relief.
Generosity of spirit has been displayed by many South Africans with news surfacing of hungry communities in the country being plunged into deeper poverty as Covid-19 has taken its toll on the economy. People have pitched in to raise money for food and do-gooders have swooped in to distribute bags of donations across South Africa. One woman from Johannesburg has realised that all this giving is not enough.