Affinity Health & The 100% Foundation Distribute Food Packs to Families in Need
Leading medical insurance providers, Affinity Health, join forces with The 100% Foundation to alleviate hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Affinity Health Gives 100%
Working tirelessly with The 100% Foundation, Affinity Health has played a valuable role in helping feed communities during these critical times. Numerous food and nutritional packs are being distributed across 17 key areas across Gauteng, South Africa.
Most doctors will attest that a ‘balanced diet’ encompasses all food groups. The five food groups are dairy, protein, vegetables and legumes, fruit and grains. Protein can be sourced from plants. The dairy food group is a source of calcium. Calcium is important for developing and maintaining strong teeth and bones. Dairy includes milk, cheese and yoghurt.
Protein can be found in lean meats, but also in meat supplements like tofu and beans. Grains are from cereals such as wheat and offer large amounts of fibre for good digestion. Grain foods are mostly made from wheat, oats, rice, rye, barley, millet, quinoa and maize. The different grains can be cooked and eaten whole, ground into flour to make a variety of cereal foods like bread, pasta and noodles, or made into ready-to-eat breakfast cereals, explains Eat for Health.
Other grains include foods like polenta, buckwheat, spelt, sorghum, triticale, rye and semolina.
Vegetables and legumes are all packed with their own set of nutrients, all good for a different bodily function. Legumes are the seeds of the plant and are eaten in their immature form as green peas and beans, and the mature form as dried peas, beans, lentils and chickpeas.
Green veggies are a high source of iron and vitamin A. carrots are a wonderful source of fibre and are high in vitamin C.
Fruits are also packed with unique vitamins and minerals and fill you with healthy, natural sugars for clean energy throughout the day.
The packs, which include grains and canned food, are being distributed to disadvantaged families across the West and East Rand.
Below is a visual of just how much food has been provided to communities in need:
Affinity Health Makes Staying Alive Affordable
Over the years, Affinity Health – a proudly South African health insurer and specialised supplier of a range of long-term health insurance products, operating nationwide from Gauteng – has supported and made strategic investments to assist countless non-profit organisations dedicated to the upliftment of all South Africans.
According to the Medical Society, Child nutrition is something every parent should be aware of. Children need loads of nutrients to feed their developing minds and bodies. Some parents choose to give their kids supplements and vitamins, which is wonderful, but most of your child’s nutrients will come from the food that he or she eats.
In the lockdown, getting to the shops is pretty difficult. Yes, you are well within your rights to go and buy your essential items, but with the long queues and other red tape, it is best to get as much as you can in as few trips as possible.
In order to feed your family nutritiously within this period, there are a few essential items that should go on your essential shopping list.
As many as 10 million adults and nearly three million children are experiencing hunger in South Africa in 2021, and 2.5 million adults and 600,000 children are experiencing perpetual hunger, hunger every day or almost every day.
For some families, it’s challenging to provide food for their loved ones. That’s where Affinity Health and The 100% Foundation have stepped in to help.
“The coronavirus pandemic has upended many lives. Countless South Africans have seen an overwhelmingly negative effect on their income, and large numbers of them are suffering job losses and long-term hunger,” says Murray Hewlett, CEO of Affinity Health.
“Our main goal is to improve the health and wellbeing of all South Africans. Everything we do is guided by this, including our interactions with society and the projects we support. While still much needs to be done, we are proud to be able to play a part in helping put food on the table.”
About Affinity Health
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