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Greyton Transition Town Uses Surplus Food to Transform Lives

Every two weeks, locals from Greyton and Genadendal, in the Western Cape, bring their recyclable waste to Greyton Transition Town (GTT), in return for a voucher that they can swap for food,  fruit and vegetables, shoes, clothes or stationery. FoodForward SA’s food provisions form an important component of GTT’s Green Economy, Youth Livelihoods and Education programmes and help their Swop Shop to simultaneously address food insecurity and protect our environment.

Greyton Transition Town is one of FoodForward SA’s longstanding beneficiary organisations, having signed up to our network in 2014. Established in 2012, the community-based organisation seeks to unlock and cultivate the resourcefulness of the people of Genadendal, Greyton, Voorstekraal and Bereaville.  Their mission includes building a resilient, sustainable and united community, redressing the past and walking into the future together, in the face of climate change and economic crises.

Run by Marshall Rinquest, GTT is part of a global movement that has been growing since 2005.  It is about communities stepping up to address the big challenges they face by starting local. 

We were fortunate to have Marshall participate as a panelist in our inaugural webinar, held on 18 March. “What has been amazing about the partnership was to see, through all the years, how FoodForward SA has grown to where they are now,” said Marshall during the webinar. He pointed out that for years GTT was the only non-profit organisation in the Overberg region that was part of the FFSA’s network of beneficiary organisations and they undertook costly monthly trips to travel more than 200 km to FFSA’s Cape Town warehouse to collect food. Moreover, transporting food over that distance also posed safety risks.

To help, our MD, Andy Du Plessis, advised him that if he could get more NGOs in the area to become part of our network, then FFSA would establish a Mobile Rural Depot (MRD) in Greyton. Marshall immediately took Andy’s advice and in November 2019, GTT became part of the FFSA’s Greyton MRD.

To date, the Greyton MRD serves 9 registered BOs which includes two shelters, two homes for orphans and vulnerable children, one centre offering skills development, two clinics and two after-school facility for children. Each month, BOs from Hermanus, Bredasdorp, Genadendal, Kleinmond, Napier and Riviersonderend also collect their food provision here.

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