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Eston farmers in food hampers drive

Covid-19 lockdown relief efforts

Recipients wait patiently for Magma Security officers to distribute food hampers. Pictures: Supplied

Beaumont Eston Farmers Association (Befa) and Magma Security & Investigations joined forces recently to donate 1000 food hampers to some of those in their area affected by the Covid-19 lockdown.

Seeing the negative effects the pandemic had on the economy, and on people’s lives, members of Befa started a fund which saw farmers raise money for 500 hampers consisting of sugar, rice, samp, beans, tinned fish, tea bags, toilet roll, oil and soup.

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This was then matched by Magma Security & Investigations, who work closely with farmers in the community, enabling 1000 people to receive hampers.

A security officer from Magma Security hands over a food hamper to a beneficiary.

The Eston district was divided into three zones, and from those zones, certain informal settlements were selected to receive hampers. The hampers were then distributed by the security company team.

*The Eston initiative follows similar efforts by residents, farmers and businesspeople in many Midlands communities: Read more here

“It was professionally run by the Magma team with vehicles loaded and ready to depart by 7am on the day of distribution,” said Wynne Smith, chairperson of Befa.

In addition to delivery, the security company also sourced the food items for the hampers at cost price and less, at no cost to the relief fund. Each hamper comprised enough groceries to feed a family of four for a month.

*Food security is a constant concern as we move to the lesser levels of lockdown, and try to recover from devastating job losses. Read more here:

Organisers of the hamper distribution, the Beaumont Eston Farmers Association (Befa) and Magma Security, together with beneficiaries from the drive. Pictures: Supplied

Kwanalu CEO Sandy La Marque commended the farmers on their generosity. “Kwanalu is extremely proud of the work Befa has done to assist this community during a very difficult time. The pandemic has left so many people destitute and we are proud of the farmers and other parties for stepping up.”

For further information on Kwanalu visit www.kwanalu.co.za

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