Mzimba East legislator (independent) Wezzie Gondwe on Tuesday donated three-and-half metric tonnes of maize to some families in her area.
The legislator distributed the maize to about 1 000 households with each family receiving 30 kilogrammes of the staple grain.
In an interview on the sidelines of the distribution exercise at Chipombo Village in Inkosi Kampingo Sibande’s area, Gondwe said the donation was a response to food insecurity.
“I received reports from chiefs and other local leaders that many families are experiencing hunger. So, I embarked on this relief programme to relieve their pain,” she said.
Village head Kalinyanye Mphinda commended the member of Parliament (MP) for the donation, saying people were starving.
“Hunger has hit us hard because we were affected by dry spells during the last growing season, so, most households are food-insecure,” he said.
One of the beneficiaries, 56-year-old Stafelo Zimba said he will be able to work in his farm because he has food.
“I used to do piecework to feed my family, thereby failing to work in my farm,” he said.
Another beneficiary, Maria Jere, a single mother, said the donation had come on time as she had no money to buy maize. This year, the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report says about 1.1 million Malawians are facing hunger.