JAM to donate food to disadvantaged children amid COVID-19 outbreak
Joint Aid Management (JAM) a non-government organisation (NGO) that helps more than 112,000 children in preschools daily across South Africa implemented a food distribution plan.
The plan is to ensure the children it serves do not go without a nutritious meal during the extended school closures aimed at mitigating the spread of COVID-19.
JAM responded to President Cyril Ramaphosa national disaster announcement by pledging to distribute take-home-rations for the families of the children they serve daily in the nine provinces.
According to the organisation, the meal is highly nutritious and it provides the children with approximately 75% of their daily nutritional requirements.
The NGO that has been serving communities in South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Uganda, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and South Sudan since 1984 says it will continue to support the communities during this time.
JAM South Africa assists more than 112,000 children in early childhood centres. We have working relationships with the owners and caregivers in these centres and we are relatively well known by the parents of these children and members of the community. These existing relationships provide a foundation for us to continue to work with these communities at a time like this.— David Brown, Director - JAM South Africa
JAM South Africa chief executive officer Ann Pretorius says there is an increased concern for vulnerable communities during this time.
We have concerns for the poor and it is important that we step in and assist. All of our offices are taking extra measures for hygiene not only for ourselves but also for the communities we serve.— Ann Pretorius, CEO - JAM South Africa
The NGO plans to further distribute sanitizers and hand soap to these underprivileged families.
Information source: JAM South Africa press release