FoodForward SA lends a hand to fill empty tummies at Saint Mary’s Community Centre

A Rustenburg village’s future has been brightened by a centre that, along with FoodForward SA, feeds the young minds and bodies of the community’s future leaders.

Founded by Dineo Mshawe in 2015, Saint Mary’s Community Centre hosts 65 vulnerable and orphaned children in Modikwe village, Rustenburg. Started as an initiative to address the number of children coming to school with empty stomachs, the charity organisation operates from a two-roomed dilapidated building.

Along with the orphans and vulnerable children of the community, the centre also caters to kids who don’t have anyone to care for them after school and whose next meal will probably only be supper at home

The procurement of food was previously done from Dineo’s own pocket, but now FoodForward SA has stepped in to assist. “It is a huge blessing for us to have FoodForward SA sponsoring us, which lets us focus on other social matters,” says a representative from the centre.

Saint Mary’s Community Centre’s aftercare facility also assists these children with homework after school and does home visits to see how they can assist the children away from the centre. The centre is currently looking into building a safer and more suitable place to serve their meals.

The donations of food from FoodForward SA would not be possible without the assistance of Glencore, who generously sponsor the FoodForward SA branch in Rustenburg. This means that Saint Mary’s Community Centre receive donations of food to alleviate the burden of their grocery bill, and the saving can be spent on developing their infrastructure.

Together with Glencore, Saint Mary’s and FoodForward SA is making a significant contribution towards making a difference in this community and uplifting the lives of South Africans in need.