Press Release: Issued George Municipality, 30 April 2020

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Press Release: Issued George Municipality, 30 April 2020
Immediate Release
Heading: George overwhelmed by generous community

The George Municipality thanks everyone who has been donating towards feeding its communities via the municipality’s drive-through donation centre at the City Hall.

George Joint Operations Committee (JOC) leader Neels Barnard said they had been overwhelmed by the generosity of private individuals, businesses and community organisations who had donated towards the enormous task of feeding their people. “Words cannot express the gratitude and awe we feel towards the people in our municipal area who continue to give and go out of their way to help.

“Our hearts have been touched by donations that have come in steadily from all levels of society – even from people who we know are struggling themselves and who has still found a way to donate something. In the face of a task that can easily feel unsurmountable, our people give us hope.”

Donations of food and hygiene products come in steadily and go out to up to 137 municipal soup kitchens feeding about 20 000 people across the municipal area every day. “We foresee the municipal feeding scheme continuing for some time to come and ask that people, business and organisations continue to donate. No donation is too big or too small, and every item reaches someone in need,” said Mr Barnard.

The George Municipality donation drive-through centre is open 8am-6pm on weekdays and 8am-5pm on weekends and public holidays.

People using online grocery delivery services wanting to donate, can make up an online basket and enter the delivery address as Drive-through centre City Hall, 71 York Street, George.

Types of items that will make a big difference include cooking oil, mielie meal, wheat flour, yeast, milk, sugar, salt, coffee, tea, samp, beans, macaroni, soup powder, stock and fresh or frozen vegetables, meat and fish. Cleaning products such as dishwashing liquid, sponges, dishcloths, bleach, all-purpose cleaner and handwash laundry soap and hygiene products such as soap and hand cream are welcome.

Donated items will be sanitised and then stored in and distributed from the Banquet Hall, which has been disinfected and will be managed to conform to strict health and hygiene protocol.

The centre also has fridges and freezers for storage of fresh and frozen produce.

The centre is being managed by the George Municipality Fire, Rescue and Disaster Management departments in coordination with George Municipality Community and Social Development section.

ENDS

Distributed by George Municipality Communication Department

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