Material Assistance

Location/s:            White River, Sabie and Graskop, Mpumalanga
Coordinator/s:       Charles Sanderson – Community developer

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Delivery of fresh fruit and vegetables to the farming communities of Phumlani Volunteers working in our vegetable gardens

Brief Description

One of the functions of Child Welfare SA White River is to reach out to families and other members of the community in need, where possible, through material assistance.

Food parcels & monthly meetings – White River, Sabie and Graskop Families identified by staff as requiring material assistance will receive a food parcel once a month for three months after an assessment by a social worker.

Monthly informational meetings are held with families to discuss topics such “how to plan a nutritional meal” and “how to stretch a meal”.

Vegetable gardens – White River and Graskop Vegetable gardens are encouraged as a sustainable way in which to ensure food securities for families. A number of communal vegetable gardens have been established at Mcgregor school (White River), Idonsa school (White River) and Driekop school (Graskop).


  • To provide temporary relief to poverty stricken families
  • To supplement the school feeding schemes and family meals


  • The food parcels are helping to feed 30 families in our service areas
  • The food gardens alleviate the pressure on families to provide for their basic needs

Wish List:

Food parcels Add the ingredients of a food parcel to your monthly shopping and deliver it to our offices in White River, Sabie or Graskop. Ideally a R150 food parcel includes:
  • 5 kg Maize meal
  • 410 grams Peanut butter
  • 1 kg Brown beans
  • 500 grams Powdered milk
  • 500 ml Oil
  • 500 grams Salt
  • 2 x 200 grams Soy mince
  • 3 x 425 grams Canned fish
Vegetable gardens
  • Seedlings
  • Fertilizer
  • Equipment including spade, hosepipes, rakes