Each year during the festive season, the Thabo Community Action Trust (TCAT) launches a food parcel project to distribute hampers to individuals from the Thaba N’chu and Botshabelo areas. This year we partnered with Shoprite/Checkers to increase the number of hampers and bring relief to even more households.
“In 2014 we were able to distribute about 400 hampers to the two areas, but with the generous contribution from Shoprite we were able to increase the number of hampers to nearly 800 this year” says Mariëtte Barnard, General Manager of TCAT. Barnard further said that they initially approached Shoprite for a contribution towards the ingredients for the hampers, but what they received in return was so much more. Not only did Shoprite give additional hampers, but they also made their mobile soup trucks available at the distribution points, so individuals were able to enjoy a hearty cup of soup and bread whilst they waited.
Adele Kruger-Taljaard, Brand PR Manager for Shoprite said: “The Shoprite supermarket chain sees itself as a responsible corporate citizen who contributes to the wellbeing of the communities where it does business. In keeping with this commitment, the supermarket chain is happy to have supported the Thabo Trust this festive season by donating 300 buckets filled with non-perishable food that were distributed to less privileged individuals in Thaba N’chu and Botshabelo.”
In total, over 9 tonnes of food were packed and distributed during the two days of 10 and 11 December.
TCAT worked closely with the Department of Social development to identify the individuals that were most in need of assistance. In Thaba N’chu, the distribution was overseen by representatives from Social Development and in Botshabelo it was facilitated by Ms Disebo Mei from Tshepo Community Care.
“We hope to continue with this initiative in future and we hope that in the coming years we will be able to assist even more individuals.” says Barnard.