In 2017, 6.8 million South Africans experienced hunger, that’s almost 20% of households that experienced inadequate or severe inadequate access to food. While the number has dropped from 13.5 million in 2002, it still affects 1.7 million households across the country.*


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The distribution of food parcels has been at the heart of
Arm in Arm’s services since our beginning in 2000

How It Works

  • Parcels are purchased locally to support the economy and eliminate shipping costs.

  • Deliveries are made quarterly in each township. Recipients are determined by local residents as those most in need at that time.

  • AIAIA Board members who live in the local area directly oversee and track distribution at the household level. 

We purchase and distribute locally sourced food parcels 4 times a year. Each parcel is designed to help sustain a household for approximately. Residents inGugulethu, Malungeni and Sowetho determine which households are of greatest need as the distribution date approaches.

That information is relayed to AIAIA Board Members Spiwo Xapile and Olga Xapile who oversee and track the distribution of food when the parcels are handed out. In addition to ensuring families are fed, the parcels provide savings for parents who can redirect their resources to school supplies. The food Parcels provide 7 essential ingredients to prepare family meals: cooking oil, flour, sugar, milk, chicken, beans and samp (a local grain)



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