- South African farmers have donated food parcels to communities struggling under lockdown
- The farmers have taken it upon themselves to organise and distribute the food parcels
- Social media users have praised the farmers for their generosity
Christo van der Rheede took to Facebook and posted a series of videos and pictures of farmers handing out food to the poor and vulnerable. The national lockdown has placed a great deal of pressure on the poor who rely on handouts to survive.
A group of farmers have taken it upon themselves to help deliver food parcels to those who need it most.
Briefly.co.za learned that He posted this message in the #ImStaying group:
"South African farmers and farm workers do not only ensure food security for all South Africans and our neighbouring countries, but go the extra mile and have been donating tonnes of food to hunger stricken communities.
Hats off to Agri SA, Agri Western Cape and Laastedrift Boerdey in Ceres who have donated fresh fruit and vegetables food communities such as Ravensmead, Bonteheuwel, Bishop Lavis, Atlantis, Parow, etc.
This initiative is currently being rolled out nationally by Agri SA and its ninety plus provincial, commodity and corporate affiliates. #AgriSA https://www.facebook.com/agrisouthafrica/"
Facebook users praised the farmers for their tremendous efforts:
Eunice Zondi: "South Africa you are the best. No country is doing food parcels except you. God bless you. I love my country so much ❤"
Cynthia Swartz: "Hats off to our farmers! Without them, we would have very big issues, with food security etc. "
Rizzoh Matsi: "ANC is going be mad as hell, just like WHO they might start telling people not to eat farmers food... great initiative the only food we know will actually be delivered on time to the right people."
Bridget Reynolds: "The farmers and farm workers are doing an incredible job and deserve more support than they get on issues like security and drought. They are our lifeblood ❤"