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Pick n Pay Namibia assists Government in feeding the hungry

Fri, 30 October 2015 21:39
by Press Release
News Flash


Tinned food, soup packets, Brötchens and juice were donations gladly made by Pick n Pay Namibia in assisting government to make the commemoration of World Food Day a success.

In light of assisting government in the fight against poverty, the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group is proud to announce the continuous support of Pick n Pay Namibia – a subsidiary of the O&L Group – towards government in feeding the less privileged.

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on the 16th of October in honour of the date of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) in 1945. The day is celebrated widely by many other organisations concerned with food security, including the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Commemoration of World Food Day started in Namibia two years ago, and from the start Pick n Pay Namibia has been supporting government to make its commemoration of this important day against hunger and poverty a success in the country. A special event was organized by government which saw elders and other less privileged Namibians flock to the Informal Sport Field in Katutura. Managing Director of Pick n Pay Namibia, Norbert Wurm: “The O&L Group purpose of ‘Creating a future, enhancing life’ is focused on not only providing opportunity for expansion of the lives of people in surrounding communities, but also to be an immediate helping hand when- and wherever we can. It was a true joy for us to once again assist government in addressing poverty, which is one of our country’s biggest threats.”

The event also saw the presence of the Mayor of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, I-BEN Neshandi. Pick n Pay Namibia proudly donated tinned foods, soup packets, brötchens and juice. Wurm: “We firmly believe in giving back to the community and ensuring that lives are improved through initiatives such as this. We have made a commitment to take action against hunger last year. Our group purpose speaks volumes of this commitment that we pursue as a business and as a nation, as it links in directly with our National objectives. We have taken action, not only on World Food Day, but through various other social projects such as our soup kitchens that ensured that more than 32 000 mouths were fed this past winter season. Our continuous work does however not stop here as we are tirelessly working towards giving back to our communities.”

Another project by Pick n Pay Namibia in line with its efforts to contribute to the curbing of poverty and hunger, is the Otavifontein farm. Wurm: “At Otavifontein farm we grow our own vegetables, which is also in contribution to this initiative as it ensures that quality produce reaches our consumers at much more affordable prices, making fresh produce more accessible to all. It is said that one of the biggest reasons a child goes hungry, is because of poverty. Even though Namibia has shown a decline in poverty by 11% as per recent reports, there are still many who struggle on a daily basis to get a decent plate of food. The right to food is after all a basic human right and therefore Pick n Pay Namibia will continue to work towards alleviating the need in the communities in which we operate.”