Holystic Nutrition, an Obuasi-based NGO, collaborated with Food For All Africa (FFAA) to distribute 500 relief boxes of food to the socially vulnerable in Obuasi. Beneficiaries included seniors and malnourished individuals in all 30 communities in Obuasi East and Obuasi Municipality. The distributed food was projected to impact four vulnerable individuals per household for a total of 500 beneficiaries.

Each 14kg food relief box contained:

  • 5kg bag of rice
  • cooking oil
  • Black eye beans
  • Maize
  • Gari
  • Tomato paste
  • Canned mackerel
  • Corned beef,
  • Powdered milk
  • Chocolate powder
  • Nose mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • others

Founder and Executive Director of Food For All Africa, Chef Elijah Amoo Addo, described the outreach as part of the nonprofit’s 100 Million Meals Distribution Program, which targets providing food assistance to disadvantaged communities in 30 countries including Ghana. Mr. Addo noted that since May 2021, with the support of the Dubai Government and its partners Food Banking Regional Network (Dubai) and the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, Food For All Africa has provided over two million meals (i.e., 30,000 boxes of food) to vulnerable communities in Ghana, especially those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Besides Obuasi, FFAA has distributed over 22,000 boxes of relief food to communities in eight administrative regions of Ghana. Further work is ongoing to cover other regions.

The Executive Director of Holystic Nutrition Mr. David Ameyaw praised Food For All Africa for its supportive partnership to reach vulnerable in communities in Obuasi with life-saving food. Mr. Ameya announced that since 2017, Holystic Nutrition had rehabilitated 3,000 acutely malnourished children and supported the nutrition of more than 3,000 other children. Holystic Nutrition currently runs the only facility in Obuasi that provides treatment and rehabilitation for malnourished children.

The 100 Million Meals Distribution Program is part of efforts to support families during the COVID-19 period. The program also seeks to advance the prospects of Food Banking to communities, work with community-based NGOs to build data of vulnerable individuals across Ghana and strengthen social support systems. The program works closely with the government’s Department of Social Welfare to identify and screen eligible beneficiaries who are then added to an intervention cohort of vulnerable and malnourished children, and severely food insecure households through Holystic Nutrtion’s SMALCHILD Project.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II presented Mr. Amoo Addo, Founder and Executive Director of Food For All Africa, with the Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace for his contribution towards the reforming of Ghana’s food distribution system.