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Addressing Rural Food Insecurity is a Priority for FoodForward SA

According to the NIDS-CRAM Wave 5 Report households most vulnerable to food insecurity and hunger, such as those in traditional and rural areas, need to be prioritised with supplementary interventions tailored to their needs.

Thanks to donor support, through our Mobile Rural Deport (MRD) programme FoodForward SA now provides nutritious monthly food provisions to 534 vetted beneficiary organisations (BOs), enabling us to reach 202,960 vulnerable people across 29 rural communities in South Africa.

FoodForward SA’s Mobile Rural Depot (MRD) programme was launched in June 2019 as a strategic programme targeting rural districts with high levels of poverty. Through our MRD model, we provide vetted beneficiary organisations (BOs) within our network with monthly provisions of groceries, staple food items and fresh produce, which these organisations use to cook nutritious daily meals for their beneficiaries. Using our refrigerated trucks which depart from our seven branches, we transport food provisions to designated spots in rural communities, where our BOs gather to collect their ‘baskets’ according to a strict monthly schedule.

In January and February 2022, we successfully launched our 28th and 29th Mobile Rural Depots (MRDs) – in Emalahleni, Mpumalanga, and Vryheid, Kwa-Zulu Natal, respectively. With the addition of these new MRDs, thousands more vulnerable people residing in rural communities in Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu Natal will be able to access nutritious food daily.

Beneficiary organisations collecting surplus food supplies from FoodForward SA truck in Vryheid, Kwa-Zulu NatalBeneficiary organisations collecting surplus food supplies from FoodForward SA truck in Vryheid, Kwa-Zulu Natal

In this new financial year, we will continue to expand our rural footprint. The map below shows the 29 communities across South Africa where our MRD programme currently operates.

Location map of FoodForward SA’s Mobile Rural Depot programmeLocation map of FoodForward SA’s Mobile Rural Depot programme

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