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Mandela Day Food Drive provides 1.5 million meals

After a two-year hiatus, we were excited to once again host our annual Mandela Day food drive and packing event in partnership with Pick n Pay. These took place at the Square, Century City, Cape Town, Gallagher Convention Centre Johannesburg, FFSA Warehouse Durban, and FFSA Warehouse Rustenburg.

Teams at participating branches were fired up and eager as they prepared for the biggest event on our annual calendar. Everyone rallied together in the spirit of Ubuntu and worked hard towards a common goal.

This year we welcomed 2651 volunteers from various corporates and groups who joined us and assisted with sorting, and packing various food groceries. The excitement among volunteers was tangible as they entered their respective venues on the day to spend their 67 minutes with us.

Many people have suffered greatly following the effects of the pandemic, the looting, and flooding in KZN; all of which aggravated food insecurity in our country, and with the war in Ukraine, the increase in food prices is not bringing any relief either.  Our efforts this Mandela were therefore necessary in our fight against hunger.

We are proud to say that this year we packed enough food groceries to provide 1.5 million meals. The food will be distributed to our network of Beneficiary Organisations that reach over 875,000 vulnerable people every day.

The Mandela Day Food Drive would not have grown into the success it is today without the great generosity and true ubuntu spirit from our customers and suppliers. It demonstrates the positive impact we can create by working together.” says Vaughan Pierce, Head of ESG at Pick n Pay.

We would like to thank our donors, partners, and sponsors for their contributions to making our Mandela Day food drive and packing event such a huge success, but more importantly, we acknowledge and thank our FFSA staff for their hard work and commitment to ensuring our event was well executed.

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