Nairobi Wednesday, December 20th,2023
Nairobi City County Governor H.E. Sakaja A. Johnson has officially launched the distribution of essential food and non-food items to address urban hunger in the city.
Speaking at the flag-off ceremony held at the Gigiri Fire Station, Governor Sakaja acknowledged urban hunger as a major challenge in Nairobi and emphasized the complementary role of the school feeding program, currently reaching 150,000 pupils in primary schools, with plans to expand to 190,000 in January 2024.
“This distribution of food items is a gift from my administration to the resilient residents of Nairobi,” stated Governor Sakaja, highlighting their efforts to address immediate hunger needs.
The distribution plan encompasses all 85 wards in the city, directly impacting 14,000 households. It includes strategic non-food assistance in response to specific incidents like the Gikomba fire and in targeted areas like Mukuru kwa Reuben, Imara Daima, and Korokocho. Vulnerable populations, including the elderly at Mji Wa Huruma, will also receive essential items.
Mr. Bramwel Simiyu, the Chief Officer for Disaster Management, spoke at the event, emphasizing the initiative’s significance in fostering community well-being and resilience. He commended Governor Sakaja’s commitment to addressing disaster challenges and ensuring tangible positive impacts on lives.
“Governor Sakaja’s administration has taken a structured approach by formally recognizing urban hunger as a disaster,” Mr. Simiyu stated, “This enables us in the disaster management sector to effectively tackle this challenge.”
Members of the County Assembly, including Hon. Clarence Munga (Kabiro), Hon. Absolom Odhiambo (Korokocho), Hon. Oscar Lore (Mathare North), and Hon. Abel Atito (Utalii), were also present at the event.