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FoodForward SA (formerly FoodBank SA) started in 2009, to address the growing problem of hunger by connecting a world of excess to a world of need. In partnership with all the major wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers, our mandate is to collect edible surplus food and non-food groceries, for redistribution to verified and registered Beneficiary Organisations (BOs). We call this process Foodbanking. It is a cost-effective solution to food insecurity.

To increase our social impact, FoodForward SA uses surplus food as a catalyst for social innovation and entrepreneurship, while working towards ensuring that at least 75% of our BOs focus on education, youth developmental, women’s empowerment, and healthcare, in addition to their feeding programmes.

The cost per meal is calculated by dividing total operating cost by total tonnage, while the meals calculation includes a varying percentage of non-food groceries such as toiletries and detergents.

Our Vision
A South Africa without hunger.

Our Mission
To reduce hunger in South Africa by safely and cost effectively securing quality food, and making it available to those who need it.

Food Recovery
We receive groceries into our inventory system in two ways:

  1. Via our Warehouses: Sourcing, collecting, sorting, and storage of edible surplus groceries for distribution to registered non-profit organisations.
  2. Via Virtual Foodbanking: Linking BOs to a retail store for the daily collection of groceries, and reporting the tonnage to FoodForward SA using their mobile phones, via USSD technology.

Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Finding lasting solutions to the challenges we face as a nation requires innovation, strategic partnerships, skills development, and job creation. In partnership with other stakeholders, we are developing an ecosystem that uses surplus food as a catalyst for social change, restores dignity, and promotes human development. Current projects include our Women’s Micro Enterprise Project, while future project considerations include a Community Supermarket; a Manufacturing plant processing surplus agricultural produce; and a Youth Enterprise Development initiative.

Our Beneficiary OrganisationsLine Chart-01More than 85% of our beneficiary organisations are involved in development or remedial work.

Number of beneficiary organisations: 600
Number of beneficiaries: 250 000


Partner with us
FoodForward SA relies on corporate and individual partners to implement this cost-effective and forward thinking solution to address hunger and promote social change.