The devastating COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, created the catalyst for FoodForward SA’s rapid scaling-up plan. In line with this strategic expansion, we have opened our ninth and final warehouse in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.
Our Mbombela warehouse will grow into a vital hub, delivering life-changing nutritious food to around 150 beneficiary organisations, including healthcare facilities, orphanages, early childhood development centres, women’s shelters, youth development centres, and care facilities for the elderly and disabled.
Growing Resilient Communities
We are grateful to Absa Group, FNB, RMB and The Global FoodBanking Network, whose financial support contributed to the launch our Mpumalanga warehouse which will strengthen our food security efforts in the province. Thanks to our ongoing partnership with OneFarm Share, an initiative by HelloChoice and Standard Bank, we are able to make a meaningful impact by reducing the environmental impact of food loss and waste while strengthening food security in the province.
Children in Distress (CID), one of our BOs in the province, has been part of FoodForward SA’s beneficiary organisation network for about a year. “The FoodForward SA donations help Children in Distress in more ways you can think. Apart from the daily meals CID also provide food parcels to the gogos and to child-headed homes,” says Marthina Duminy from CID.
More About Mpumalanga
Mpumalanga has a population of 4.78 million people with half of its population (50.8%) living below the lower-bound poverty line and vulnerable with limited access to food. Yet, it is an agriculture-rich province, with the province playing a key role in the export market. Farmers suffer significant financial losses because of climate change, supply chain inefficiencies, and now – loadshedding.
We call on all food supply chain actors, including farmers, in Mpumalanga who are not yet diverting and donating their edible surplus food to reach out to FoodForward SA.
By partnering with FoodForward SA we help you reduce your financial losses while saving the environment and alleviating food insecurity.