The largest grain processing company in Namibia, Namib Mills, through its Free of Charge Initiative, aimed at giving preference to those in need of daily nutrition has managed to support 309 registered charity organizations throughout the country.

Over the past couple of years the country had been plagued by recurring droughts that hampered food production, which adversely affected the daily access to the needy.

Namib Mills Public Relations officer, Ashante Manetti on Thursday said that beneficiaries of the initiative, which includes children, orphans and pensioners, receive basic food stuff on a monthly basis.

“Each organization caters and looks after around 50 to 250 vulnerable children and elders which makes the total reach of beneficiaries that are given food on a monthly basis approximately 30,000,” she said.

According to Mannetti, the overall donations amount to 300 tons of basic food which includes but is not limited to maize meal, pasta and rice, has a total retail value of over 209,757 U.S. dollars (2.8 million Namibian dollars).

Mannetti said that this year the company underwent another call for interested charities to register for the Free of Charge Initiative and another 30 charities have been added following the 64 charities that were taken on in 2016, which brought the total to 309 charities nationwide.

She further added that the company will continue to work tirelessly to enrich the hearts of those who do not have access to basic food on a daily basis and support the governments call for poverty alleviation and eradication. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/