Food assistance for Northwood families

Frank Steyn, general manager of the Run4Schools Foundation; Sebastiaan Messerschmidt, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa; and Jessica Boonstra, chief executive officer of Yebo Fresh at the food parcel distribution on Wednesday July 8.

Parents and pupils at Northwood Primary School received 130 food parcels from the Dutch consulate last week.

The handover was done in partnership with Yebo Fresh, an online shopping service for townships, and Run4Schools, a sports foundation that hosts in-school and after-school extramural activities.

In the next few weeks a total of 530 food parcels will be distributed to various families in the Mitchell’s Plain community, said Frank Steyn, general manager of the Run4Schools Foundation.

Founder and chief executive officer of Yebo Fresh, Jessica Boonstra, said she is grateful for the partnerships created to help the community. 

“We try to attack some of South Africa’s biggest problems, which is providing proper food, and lack of jobs,” she said.

Since the start of lockdown, Yebo Fresh already has delivered over 65 000 food parcels to Cape Town townships.

Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in South Africa, Sebastiaan Messerschmidt, said he is honoured to have been a part of the distribution of food parcels.

He has lived in South Africa for two years. The 530 food parcels are sponsored by the Dutch consulate.

“We will get through the storm. I hope these food parcels will make a little change and keep you going,” Mr Messerschmidt told the recipients.

Parent Cecilia Jones, 39, from Samora Machel, said she was grateful for the food parcel.

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