FILL THE GAP this World Food Day

To commemorate World Food Day on 16 October, FoodForward SA, formally known as FoodBank SA, will in partnership with Checkers be holding a food drive at Blue Route shopping mall in Cape Town and at the Mall of Africa in Johannesburg from 13 to 16 October.

FoodForward SA aims to raise tons of food, which will be distributed to orphanages, old aged homes, homes for the disabled, shelters for abused women and children and youth development centres.

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger where people around the world come together to declare their commitment to those in need and this year FoodForward SA, an organisation that works to secure quality food for the hungry, is appealing to the public to get involved and contribute to a good cause.

Over the past year FoodForward SA has increased its assistance to NPOs nationally by 78% – a clear indication that the food insecurity problem is growing. The organisation currently provides quality rescued food to 600 non-profit beneficiary organisations who in turn serve over 175 000 people throughout South Africa.

Shoppers are encouraged to purchase food at Checkers and drop off donations at the FoodForward SA stand, which will be located outside Checkers in Blue Route mall and Mall of Africa. The organisation is also challenging companies and schools to get involved by holding their own food drives.

The most needed items include:

  • Rice, maize meal, samp, cereal and pasta.
  • Dried beans, lentils, tinned fish, soya mince and milk powder.
  • Jam, peanut butter and canned mix vegetables.
  • Cooking oil, salt and sugar.

Those unable to visit the mall can make a donation here. For as little as R35, the organisation is able to feed a person for a month, and with R400, provide meals for a year.

“The rise in food and fuel prices has placed added pressure on households to meet their food security needs for their families, which places an even greater pressure on us to ensure that we source enough edible surplus food to meet the growing demand from NPOs requesting assistance. We therefore rely heavily on donations to support our operations”, says FoodForward SA Managing Director, Andy Du Plessis.

“The impact of the current economic situation has however been mitigated by the fact that we have successfully managed to enlist the support and donations from suppliers like Checkers, who have been generously supporting us for years”, he adds.

If you would like to hold a food drive, contact 021 531 5670 or email ashleigh@foodforwardsa.org.