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How our FoodBanking Model Promotes Initiatives focused on Skills Development

Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust joined the FoodForward SA network eight years ago and provides a multi-purpose centre for the under-served community of Nyanga, Western Cape. Through their community nutrition programme, they are providing nutritious meals to approximately 250 vulnerable community members every day.

Their mission is to use relevant programmes to promote wellbeing, break the cycle of poverty, and create positive change in Nyanga. Along with a nutrition programme, the centre offers a variety of services: a preschool, a vegetable garden to train community members in food gardening, an HIV/ AIDS Counselling programme, income-generating activities (beadwork and sewing), supervised homework and after school care, and the ‘Fit for Life, Fit for Work’ programme for unemployed school leavers.

In our recent visit to Etafeni Day Care Centre Trust, we toured the facility and visited the kitchen sharing some laughs while the cooks prepared the yummy meals for the day. We were introduced to the facilitators and students of their ‘Fit for Life, Fit for Work’ skills training programmes, aimed to upskill youth in computer literacy, and professional development to motivate them to pursue opportunities with a prospective stable income.

The much-needed facility is able to continue their vital work because of the nutritious food support they receive each month from FoodForward SA. They save thousands of rands on their grocery bill, and they can make the most nutritious and delicious food to those who need it.

To the incredible team of people at Etafeni Centre – thank you for empowering our youth and promoting positive change in the lives of your community!

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