We are deeply indebted to our donors, suppliers, partners and volunteers for your ongoing support. Through your amazing contributions and partnership, we have not only been able to carry out our core business – addressing food insecurity (SDG2: Zero Hunger) – our surplus food recovery model is also helping to significantly reduce food waste (SDG 12: Responsible Production & Consumption) thus having a positive impact on the environment (SDG 13: Climate Action).
Since March 2022, the start our financial year, our network has grown to 2,750 beneficiary organisations (BOs). These BO’s enable us to reach approximately 950,000 vulnerable beneficiaries daily. Since March, we have recovered 14,150 tons of food from our supply chain partners – farmers, manufacturers, retailers –
equating 56,6 million meals and enabling the saving of 56,600 tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
In September, to coincide with the International Day of Food Loss & Waste, FoodForward SA launched the Repurpose the Surplus campaign with a cook-off challenge at Maker’s Landing in Cape Town which saw four teams competing against each other to show that nutritious wholesome meals can be made from food that many perceive as waste. In South Africa, 10 million tons of food – much of this good quality surplus food – is dumped or incinerated annually while 30 million people suffer food insecurity. The campaign aims to educate and change people’s perception about surplus food while raising awareness about South Africa’s food insecurity crisis and what we can do to address it. The large-scale food wasting will continue until such time there is a clear and coherent food donations policy in South Africa. FoodForward SA has been working closely with the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA), The Global Foodbanking Network (GFN), and the Harvard Law School Food Policy Clinic on draft recommendations for a policy. Moreover, we have also drawn up a petition for a food donations policy to end hunger in South Africa and hope to have 100 000 signatures for it to be considered in parliament. Please help us and sign the petition.
The People We impact
FoodForward SA currently serves a network of 2,750 registered beneficiary organisations (BOs) nationally. Our network of BOs include old age homes serving the frail and elderly, orphanages serving abandoned children and orphans, community kitchens serving the unemployed and indigent, early childhood development centres serving pre-schoolers, HIV/AIDS/TB clinics serving vulnerable patients, after-care facilities providing a safe space for children after school, centres providing shelter for vulnerable women, shelters providing refuge for homeless people, and skills centres providing a space for unemployed youth to attend skills training programmes. All our BOs are carefully vetted before they are on-boarded as members of FoodForward SA’s BO network and each BO receives a quarterly, unannounced monitoring visit to ensure that the food distributed goes to the intended beneficiaries.
Our Food Security Strategy
FoodForward SA has a multi-faceted food security strategy that enables us to address food insecurity at scale. Through our warehouse foodbanking programme – we have warehouses in eight provinces across SA, each with its own staff and a fleet of refrigerated trucks – our urban beneficiary organisations (BOs) are provided with monthly allocations of non-perishable food items and fresh produce. Our BOs use these food items to cook nutritious meals for their beneficiaries.
We launched our 8th and newest branch, in Kimberley, Northern Cape, in August 2022. This branch currently serves 66 of our beneficiary organisations (BOs) of which 25 BOs (located in and around De Aar and Upington) are served through the mobile rural depot programme. Apart from Kimberley, FoodForward SA’s other branches are in Cape Town, Gqeberha, Durban, Johannesburg, Polokwane, Rustenburg and Bloemfontein. Through these branches, FoodForward SA is serving beneficiary organisations across South Africa. Our BOs in Mpumalanga are currently served by our Jhb branch.
Our mobile rural depot (MRD) programme, where our trucks go into several towns and villages once a month, serves our beneficiary organisations (BOs) that are located far from our urban-based warehouses. Since the start of this financial year, we expanded our MRD footprint to seven additional towns. Our MRD programme serves a total of 34 communities across all nine provinces of South Africa. These include:
· Eastern Cape: King William’s Town, Alice, Aliwal North, East London, Mthatha, Matatiele
· KZN: Mtubatuba, Vryheid, Pietermaritzburg, Ladysmith, Margate
· Mpumalanga: Embalenhle, White River, Goba, Emalahleni
· North-West: Makapanstad, Taung, Klerksdorp, Mafikeng
· Western Cape: Langebaan, George, Oudtshoorn, Greyton, Malmesbury, Worcester, Beaufort-West
· Free State: Bethlehem, Phuthaditjhaba
· Limpopo: Tzaneen, Thohoyandou, Mokwakwaila Village
· Northern Cape: De Aar, Upington
Through our digital platform (FoodShare), beneficiary organisations are virtually connected with partner retail stores (Woolworths, Food Lover’s Market and Pick n Pay) for the collection of surplus food. Since FoodShare’s pilot in 2017, the digital platform has undergone extensive development, to currently incorporate five modules:
• Module 1: Client/Supplier Database
• Module 2: Virtual Foodbanking
• Module 3: Warehouse Collections Scheduling
• Module 4: Online Applications
• Module 5: Monitoring Forms
FoodShare continues to be a game-changer for FoodForward SA that is enabling us to address food insecurity at scale.
The Second Harvest programme is FoodForward SA’s engagement with farmers, to facilitate the collection of post-harvest agri-surplus. The OneFarm Share partnership with Standard Bank and HelloChoice has enabled us to distribute over 3,500 tons of fresh produce to our beneficiary organisations.
FoodForward SA also has its own accredited Supply Chain Youth Internship whereby unemployed youth are trained in warehousing and logistics. Since the launch of the Internship, FoodForward SA has permanently employed 16 youth of the total 51 trained.
KwaZulul-Natal Flood Relief
Over the past seven months, FoodForward SA has been providing a nutritious cooked meal, seven days a week, to more than 5,000 people displaced by the devastating April 2022 floods. The beneficiaries of our KZN disaster relief programme received the meals, which included snacks and fruit, in 30 community halls in flood affected areas. During the past seven months, we provided 277 tons of food, equivalent to 1,1 million meals to affected people. While FoodForward SA has concluded its warm meals project, we are continuing to make meals available to learners in two schools until the 15th of December, reaching 236 children daily. The Departments of Public Works and Human Settlements have also stepped in, with a commitment to relocate all flood victims to other live-in facilities by the 15th of December 2022.