Makhura said food supply to the poor was an important weapon in the fight against the spread of Covid-19.
He said that in Gauteng, about 20% of the population, or 3-million people, were food insecure, meaning they were guaranteed food for only four to five days in a week.
Makhura said the list of the indigent in the province included assessments by social workers.
"The list is not informed by political patronage. It is based on need."
Makhura said in the past two weeks, Gauteng was receiving requests from more people who used to work but now were in need of help.
"People who used to do piece jobs are now falling by the wayside," Makhura said.
Ekurhuleni mayor Mzwandile Masina said the municipality would distribute the parcels to the indigent registered with the city, and would use officials who were dealing with social-development measures.
"However, we have taken note that over and above the indigent database, we will use the provincial hotline to identify more people in need," Masina said.