OUR AIM: To combat physiological poverty and to ensure every household in target communities are food secure. We work with our partner churches to identify those living in poverty in a target area. We then visit each family and, using a digital tool called the Poverty Stoplight Survey, we identify their level of poverty and work on action plans with the family to assist them in moving out of poverty.
Depending on the family’s needs, family members are made aware of the programmes CAST offers. Some of these families may need temporary assistance with a food parcel or clothing. Food parcels are handed out once a month at the churches. Our Ministry Days are not just about physical nourishment but, spiritual nourishment as well. Where possible, the food parcel recipients are enrolled in the Local Economic Development programmes to provide skills that will enable them to increase their income and no longer be reliant on food parcels.
A household qualifies for the food parcel programme if they:
• Live below the poverty line according to MDG Standards
• Have a disability or critical illness (e.g. HIV)
• Are child – headed.
• Shack dwellers/ informal housing
• Short term crises relief due to fire, flood, etc.
Currently we have 326 families on our food parcel programme, in various communities (Kwadabeka, Lamontville, Chesterville, Addington, Noodsberg, Chibini, Applesbosch, Mariannridge) however there are many more needy families that need assistance. At the moment, food parcels are funded by individuals donating R140 per month and companies making more substantial donations.
Food parcel recipients and others with particular needs are also visited and assessed in their homes by community workers and lay counsellors. This forms an important part of both our counselling and relief efforts.
Relief Services are intended as a first step towards empowering these households and it is our aim to only have them on the food parcel programme for one year. This is made possible by offering a holistic solution within CAST.
A team of volunteers run this ministry for food parcel recipients as a relief service in emergencies such as fires, floods, etc. Some clothing bags are given to recipients to sell as a way to earn some income.
Areas in which we currently work:
KwaDabeka , Chestverville, Lamontville, Phoenix, Noodsberg, Chibini, Applesbosch and Marainnridge. Average of about 206 families receive food parcels which is a total of 831 family members receiving food in a month. An average of 38 families a month receive clothing. In 2017, 85 people made a first time commitment to follow Jesus during the distribution of food parcels.
Number of volunteers:
We have 22 regular volunteers, but we have also have volunteers from home cell groups, children’s ministry, local schools, local businesses, overseas visitors. We also have donations from individuals, businesses, old age homes and other NGO’s and church groups.
How people can get involved (volunteering):
There are a number of ways to get involved:
- Assist with monthly food packing
- Assist with weekly sorting of donated goods
- Donations of any kind
- Every winter we have a winter drive and hand out donated blankets and beanies or scarves.
Mentor people in the communities who have a specific skill they want to develop. Contact us to get involved.