FoodForward SA has proudly launched our 4th and 5th Mobile Rural Depots this November in Overberg and George respectively. Our Mobile Rural Depot (MRD) programme began in June 2019 and aims to drive social development in under-served rural communities, using edible surplus food as the catalyst.
Poverty is more prevalent in rural communities that are generally under-served and have fewer opportunities to source nutritious food, and the Mobile Rural Depot programme addresses food security by making nutritious food easily accessible to these under-served communities.
The MRD in Overberg will service Beneficiary Organisations (BOs) from Greyton, Bredasdorp, Genadendal and surrounds, while the MRD in George will service beneficiary organisations from Mossel Bay, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and surrounds. The latest additions to the MRD programme join our existing MRDs operational in East London (Eastern Cape), Pietermaritzburg (Kwa-Zulu Natal) and Hex River Valley (Western Cape). Incredibly, these 5 MRDs collectively serve 39 BOs that reach an additional 11,274 beneficiaries, and reiterates our commitment to eradicating hunger in South Africa.
Once a month, our trucks are fully stocked with food that will be delivered to a central location in the MRD region. BOs from the surrounding communities will meet at this central location to collect their food. Once the delivery has taken place, our empty trucks will visit neighbouring farmers and collect agri-surplus as part of our Second Harvest programme, and so return to our warehouse with fully-laden trucks.
FoodForward SA has identified more than 25 vulnerable rural communities where we hope to grow our MRD programme, and in doing so work towards our vison of A South Africa without hunger. In 2020 we aim to reach many more vulnerable rural communities across South Africa.