In the last 18 months, FoodForward SA has distributed 48 million meals to South Africans in need!
Johannesburg, South Africa (09 October 2021) – FoodForward SA has been the backbone of food distribution in South Africa… a beacon of hope during the pandemic!
Established in 2009 to address widespread hunger in South Africa, FoodForward SA connects a world of excess to a world of need by recovering quality edible surplus food from the consumer goods supply chain and distributing it to community organisations that serve the poor. More than 80% of the food recovered is nutritious food.
Recently, Jean de Villiers, Head of Philanthropy at Citadel, visited the FoodForward SA warehouse in Epping to thank the team and beneficiary organisations for addressing the hunger crisis in South Africa.
De Villiers spoke with Inzame Zethu Educare, who were on-site to collect food to be distributed in the Khayelitsha area.
“The creche was started in 1998 as there was a great need in the community. Many people in the community are without work, and the community is affected by rape and crime. We have 192 students, and FoodForwardSA supplies us with food to help the children and families of the children who attend the school,” says Founder of Inzame Zethu Educare, Vicky Mxunyelwa.
FoodForward SA is currently supporting 1,250 beneficiary organisations, reaching 675,000 beneficiaries on a daily basis. Since 1 March 2021, FoodForward SA has distributed 4,801,909 kg of food, which equates to 19,207,636 meals.
“The year before, we distributed 29 million meals and reached nearly 500,000 people daily through a network of 1,000 beneficiary organisations across South Africa. We achieved this, at a cost per meal of only R0,85, due to the tremendous support from our donors, partners and volunteers.”
That means that in the last 18 months, FoodForward SA has distributed 48 million meals to South Africans in need and contributions received from generous donors such as the Citadel Philanthropy Foundation assist in feeding these beneficiary organisations, which include orphanages, places of safety, creche’s, disability care, aged care, skills and youth development centres.
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