Community volunteers in Westlake, Cape Town are going out of their way to make sure that their fellow residents don’t go without during lockdown.
Penny East, Ward 71 councillor, knew some families in her area would not easily survive the lockdown. Instead of waiting for someone else to do something, she decided to help.
East put together a small group of volunteers and the team worked together to create hampers of basic food and hygiene supplies for their fellow residents.
The small group of volunteers has now grown into a fully fledged initiative called the Covid-19 Disaster Response Programme.
With several hundred households in danger of going hungry during the lockdown, the team has their hands full.
Roughly 40 homes were fed through the programme last week and the team is aiming to feed 120 in the week to come while spreading their services across the ward.
Hand wash, sanitisers, toilet paper, food parcels, fruit, vegetables, pasta, canned foods and samp are among the items delivered to the community.
During home deliveries, volunteers wear masks and gloves.
As the lockdown continues more volunteers will be needed to help those in need. If you would like to help you can email [email protected] to join the team.