Charity SPAR shopping cart trolley
Photo Credit: SPAR

SPAR branches around the country are collecting nutritional food and drinks for Operation Hunger; you can join by placing your purchase in the charity trolley.


South Africa (13 October 2021) – While COVID-19 is still an ever-present threat to our health and wellbeing, that’s not the only battle our nation is facing. South Africans suffer from many dietary and lifestyle-related diseases, like hypertension and Type 2 diabetes, as well as the very real issue of malnourishment due to poverty.

During National Nutrition Week 2021 (from the 9th to the 15th of October), we’re being encouraged to eat more vegetables and fruit every day to stay healthy. Still, with so many families living below the breadline, access to fresh fruit and vegetables is not always possible.

“SPAR has a culture of caring – we’re not in the grocery business, we’re in the people business. Our customers are part of our SPAR family and family deserve the best, so that’s why we’ve stepped up to the plate this National Nutrition Week with our ‘One 4 You, One 4 Me’ campaign. During October, customers can purchase any two SPAR Mageu 1L products for just R22, and then pop one carton into the trolley at the front of every store. At the end of the campaign, stores will give all donated stock to local charities in need of this nutritious product. In addition, SPAR will donate R1.50 for every carton sold during this campaign period to Operation Hunger.” – Bhavna Sanker, SPAR BRAND Promotions and Advertising Manager

This product was specifically chosen because of its multi-nutritional value as well as being nut, soy and egg-free, which are all common food allergies.

“It can be enjoyed at room temperature or chilled, and the variety of minerals (electrolytic iron and zinc oxide) and vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9) contained in the product make it really nutritious. Being very low in sodium, with no artificial sweeteners, it’s a healthy source of energy.”

Operation Hunger was started in 1978 by Dr Selma Browde with Dr Nthato Motlana after they saw the agony, anguish and toll that malnutrition inflicted on the South African people and the economy. Since its establishment, Operation Hunger has reached more than 2.4 million beneficiaries and is ramping up its fundraising efforts to help the vulnerable during the COVID-19 epidemic.

This isn’t the first time SPAR has partnered with Operation Hunger; SPAR Gauteng donated thousands of food parcels last year during the height of the lockdown.

“SPAR strives to do good every day, and our ‘One 4 You, One for Me’ campaign is just one of the many ways we are joining hands with our customers to impact those most in need, right on our doorsteps. Please join us in making a difference in our communities!” Sanker concludes.

Sources: Supplied
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