Over 60 000 South Africans benefit from food hampers

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The project aims to distribute about 10,500 Food Hampers containing essential food items to suffice a household up to a month.

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With the Islamic month of Ramadan just about a week away, humanitarian organisations including the King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSrelief) have come to aid households in South Africa, distributing over ten thousand food hampers to assist them during the month of fasting.

The month of Ramadan in South Africa is expected to officially start next week Saturday, 9 March , with Muslims beginning the first fast on Sunday, depending on the sighting of the moon.

With the rising costs of food and fuel prices, putting food on the table has become a difficult task as many households navigate tough economic challenges.

Food basket

The KSrelief inaugurated the Ramadan Food Basket project in South Africa for the year 2023 on Friday in the presence of the Chargé d’Affaires of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in South Africa, Ali Najme.

The project aims to distribute about 10,500 Food Hampers, each weighing approximately 30 kg containing essential food items to suffice a household up to a month. It is estimated that around 63,000 individuals will benefit from this project in several regions among others, Gauteng, Limpopo, Free State and Mpumalanga.

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Najme said the Ramadan aid said it is hoped that this initiative will bring some ease to the thousands of needy families who are experiencing daily challenges in securing their next meal due to financial and other constraints.

“This is a gift from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the people of South Africa in order to express our solidarity, brotherhood and empathy during the Blessed of Ramadan.”


The “Ramadan Food Basket” project in South Africa is part of many similar programmes concurrently being implemented in various parts of the world during the blessed month of Ramadan.

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During the month of Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk usually having a predawn meal before the fast begins.

Once the fast starts, Muslims are not allowed to eat a morsel of food or even take a sip of water until sunset when they break their fast.

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