BY SHARON BUWERIMWE
TM PICK N PAY has donated foodstaffs worth $4,3 million to vulnerable people across the country under its Winter Food Drive programme.
Recently, Thembiso Children’s Home in Bulawayo benefited from a donation from the supermarket chain.
TM Pick n Pay managing director, Malcolm Mycroft said the programme to assist vulnerable people started in 2019.
“We realised that a lot of charities in our communities were in dire need of food assistance because the donor assistance they relied on had been cut off due to the (COVID-19) pandemic and we opted to, in our own way, do what we could, and so the Winter Food Drive was born,” Mycroft said in a statement.
“The retailer, in partnership with suppliers and customers, mobilised grocery and food items that were delivered to various homes and care facilities.
“This was done to assist in the winter season, classically known to be the period with more vulnerable people in our society needing assistance.”
The retailer has identified homes in need of assistance in a number of communities, and already 26 care homes have benefited nationwide, while 1 600 people have been assisted.
“We are committed to seeing the programme continue as a commitment to the communities in which we operate, while growing the initiative to assist more people and more homes,” Mycroft added.