GE Foundation’s grant of US$100,000 to FoodForward SA will ensure that 20,000 vulnerable people from Soweto and Alexandra receive nutritious food provisions over a 12-month period. “The GE Foundation is proud to work with FoodForward SA and support families in South Africa facing unprecedented challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic”, said Linda Boff, President, GE Foundation, and Vice President, GE. “Whilst health responses have formed the centre of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we recognize that addressing immediate physiological needs such as providing stable access to food at this challenging time is equally critical in the battle against COVID-19” said Nyimpini Mabunda, President of GE Southern Africa. “FoodForward SA is a leader in the relief effort, and its multiprong approach to combatting food insecurity through monthly distribution to local vetted partner organizations, daily pick-up sites in local retail outlets through its FoodShare digital foodbanking programme, and mobile drop offs in difficult-to-reach communities will provide thousands with access to food over the coming months,” he added.
On 30 September, Nosizwe Dlengezele-Motsitsi, GE Gas Power Regional Executive, and Nyimpini Mabunda, GE SA CEO, visited our Johannesburg branch where they handed over the cheque and packed some food parcels for our Gauteng beneficiary organisations. In addition to the grant, GE employees who make eligible donations to FoodForward SA or other participating charities can register for a match with the GE Foundation’s Matching Gifts program, which supports employees’ personal philanthropy and charitable giving by providing a 1:1 match.
Since the onset of the pandemic, GE in collaboration with its partners, have supported communities across South Africa with donations of PPE and healthcare equipment to hospitals in Mpumalanga, Free State, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape. In addition, GE is currently constructing a primary healthcare clinic in Botleng Ext. 6, Mpumalanga to improve the community’s access to quality healthcare.
Thank you, GE Foundation, for your partnership which is helping us work towards SDG 2 (Zero Hunger)!