Alexander Pope is quoted as saying that “There is a certain majesty in simplicity, which is far above all the quaintness of wit.” As human beings we tend to complicate things more than they need to be. This is true of the world of work, relationships, etc.
Foodbanking is a simple model, and, combined with innovation can be a very effective solution to addressing the complex and widespread problem of hunger in South Africa. FoodForward SA has been on a journey over the past few years to refine and simplify the Foodbanking model, and build a sound foundation, underpinned by innovation that drives efficiency. Looking at the year-end results, the FoodForward SA team, along with its valued partners and donors, has achieved just that. A few noteworthy improvements are worth mentioning.
- The Cost Per Meal is now only R0,86
We have managed to reduce the cost per meal by 20% over the past year. The cost per meal is a theoretical calculation FoodForward SA uses as a guide to determine the cost effectiveness of Foodbanking.
- Tonnage has Increased by 30%
Thanks to all our existing and new food (and non-food) donors, we have managed to facilitate the provision of 14,500,000 meals to those who really need it.
- Income Sources are More Diverse
We have worked hard to ensure that we diversify our income sources and ensure that the recurring income potential is increased year on year. This has been achieved, along with the acquisition of new donors who have shown intent and commitment to support FoodForward SA into the future. We have also received renewed funding from the National Lotteries Commission.
- Staff Complement Increased by 15%
As the organisation experienced growth over the past year in relation to new suppliers, new donors, new partnerships, new projects etc. so have we consciously grown the staff complement organically to meet the growing demand, and prepare for the future.
- Technology Driving Efficiency
Our Virtual FoodBanking Platform (VFB) has exceeded expectations. The first phase of development, linking our Beneficiary Organisations (BOs) to the closest participating retail store is complete and running live in the Western Cape. When BOs collect from their allocated store, they send us a USSD message, also referred to as a Quick Code, informing us of which categories were collected and the weight. It is inexpensive and efficient. The roll out to the other provinces will take place over the course of the rest of this year.
Henry Ford said that working together is success. Thank you to all our staff, our donors and partners, our Board of Members, Directors and everyone for working with us and for your caring support, enabling us to achieve more for the poor and the hungry. Thank you for your partnership, collaboration and service to the underprivileged.
Andy Du Plessis
MD: FoodForward SA