For International Nelson Mandela Day 2021, the focus will be on two critical intersecting challenges faced by South Africa and many other countries – food insecurity and cultures of lawlessness.
South Africa (24 June 2021) – The Nelson Mandela Foundation invites everyone to join in on 18 July. It honours the late Madiba’s birthday by contributing to meeting the immediate needs of the most vulnerable communities.
While the Mandela Day call to action remains a general appeal to reach out to those in need, this year, the foundation’s focus will be on the challenge of food security.
“Before Covid-19, statistics showed us that one in four six-year-olds in South Africa suffered from stunting due to malnutrition,” the foundation said.
“The ravages of the pandemic will surely worsen this devastating reality.”
By harnessing its Each1Feed1 programme to Mandela Day and developing the 4Cans4MandelaDay campaign, it aims to ensure that basic foodstuffs reach the most vulnerable communities this July. In the longer term, it’s committed to using its research and advocacy capacity to address the systemic issues which cause food insecurity in our country.
Each1Feed1 is a food distribution network championed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation that was started at the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 to support families who have been worst affected by the challenge of food insecurity.
Beneficiaries to date have included child-headed households, orphaned families, the elderly, people who are informally employed in the ECD workforce, and people living with disabilities.
Their food packs are historically robust and nutritious and capable of supporting a family of five for at least a month.
On Mandela Day 2021, the Nelson Mandela Foundation will be at the Ikageng Itereleng Aids Ministry, a social welfare centre in Soweto, Johannesburg, for another Each1Feed1 distribution.
“The public is encouraged to emulate the campaign in their own ways to ensure that everyone has access to food this Mandela Day,” the foundation said.
“Otherwise, we are inviting the public to donate to the campaign via our GivenGain platform, or by contributing to the Each1Feed1 #4Cans4MandelaDay call to action.”
Over Mandela Month, July 2021, the public is encouraged to contribute to the Each1Feed1 food distribution network by donating non-perishable food items at participating malls for Mandela Day.
All participating malls will have clearly marked signage and a Mandela Day representative at a collection point where people can drop off their donations. These will be supplied to the Each1Feed1 food network for donation at their next distribution.