Feeding those in need


Ranita Orie from Student Housing and her husband own a catering business and a coffee shop, which due to lockdown restrictions, has been closed for the past seven weeks.

Realising the huge need for food amongst those severely affected by this lockdown, this couple have partnered with a local optometrist, their church the Word of Faith Christian Centre and Project Hope to provide food parcels to needy people around the Nelson Mandela Bay metro with the help of donations from various businesses and private individuals.

They have turned their coffee shop into a production and packing warehouse to accommodate the making up of the parcels. They do all their buying from a local wholesaler and have appointed various drivers (with permits) to distribute the parcels throughout the metro. Needy people and communities are identified through the help of Pastors and churches in various areas.

More than R100 000 in donations has been pledged so far but with the need growing every day, more donations of cash or food items are required. Each food parcel can feed a family of four, three meals a day for up to three days.

“It is very rewarding to know that all the effort we are putting into this initiative is making sure that families do not go to bed hungry, all praise to the mighty Lord we serve!” says Ranita.