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Extending impact to rural communities FoodForward SA’s Mobile Rural Depot programme expands to two more rural communities.

Gaining access to healthy and affordable food can be a challenge for rural residents commonly due to the vast distance these areas are from urban centres. To support our beneficiary organisations in minimizing their transport costs, our trucks undertake monthly trips from each warehouse to a central rural location or depot which is usually located on the premises of one of the more established beneficiary organisations to deliver essential nutritious food provisions to our BOs located in rural areas.

FoodForward SA’s Mobile Rural Depot programme now consists of 33 depots that support close to 600 beneficiary organisations and benefit over 180 000 vulnerable people throughout South Africa. We have launched two new Mobile Rural Depots; one in Langebaan, Western Cape and another in Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape. Apart from the new MRDs, FoodForward SA’s MRD programme also operates in other areas in these regions such as George, Worcester, Malmesbury Oudtshoorn, Greyton, Beaufort West, East London, King Williams Town, Queenstown, Mthatha, Alice, and Matatiele.

The network of beneficiary organisations that participate in the programme mostly focuses on community feeding programmes and early childhood development centres, including aged and frail care facilities, disability care centres, health care centres, orphanages, after-school centres, support groups and skills development centres.

Thanks to our partnership with Engen which covers our fuel costs, every month our refrigerated trucks deliver nutritious food provisions to close to 600 registered and vetted beneficiary organisations that provide nearly 190,000 beneficiaries with a daily meal. Our MRD enables many of our BOs to save on transport costs.

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