Poverty Ministry holds workshop for Food Bank's street committees

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The Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Ministry is holding a training workshop for the Food Bank's street committees in the Katutura East Constituency.
Members of the street committees are responsible for identifying households to benefit from the Food Bank, which is part of the government's Harambee Prosperity Plan's Goal Seven.
The Food Bank is aimed at targeting zero deaths due to hunger.
The five-day training workshop, which started on Monday, is conducted by former Cuban Ambassador to Namibia, Angel Dalmau, who is a consultant for the implementation of the Food Bank for the line ministry.
Namibia is using Cuba's model to implement the Food Bank.
Poverty Eradication Minister Zephania Kameeta explained that poverty was created by people because of greed, injustice and people wanting to fill their pockets first.
After the training, the street committees which are made up of 37 people, will go out in their constituencies and identify households that need to benefit from the Food Bank.
Beneficiaries receive a packed parcel of food which includes maize meal, tinned fish, corned beef, cooking oil, beans, packets of yeast, bread flour and brown sugar.
One parcel is valued at about 550-dollars, with the food bank catering for urban and semi-urban areas.