Bringing Surplus

Food to Starving


Since the start of lock down (within 8 months), we have been able to distribute 6,500 tons of food, amounting to 26 million meals, to vulnerable communities across the country. Thank you to all our food and financial donors for making this possible!

We are excited that we can now also expand our reach into Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and the Northern Cape Provinces, procure much-needed basic foods, and gear up operationally. Your support has made this possible.


A recent survey found that one in three adults go to bed hungry because of unemployment and the subsequent loss of income. Fear, depression and discouragement are beginning to set in for many as social distress leaves them hopeless.
FoodForward SA continues to be inundated with requests for food support from all over the country. We are now supporting more than 1,000 Beneficiary Organisations (BOs), reaching nearly 475,000 vulnerable people directly (and an estimated 1,5 million people indirectly) with food parcels to households. The COVID-19 impact on our economy and food insecurity will be with us for at least 18 – 24 months. With this in mind, FoodForward SA is taking a two-year view to make sure that we create better access to healthy food for more than 750,000 people directly (and 2 million indirectly) through a network of 1,500 registered beneficiary organisations working in vulnerable communities across South Africa, including our most rural communities. We need your help! To ensure that we can continue to support our expansion, we need a further R43mn over the two-year period. Your partnership will help us reach this goal so that we can address the problem of hunger at scale.






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FoodForward SA implements a cost-effective model to address the problem of hunger across South Africa, and is also an effective environmental solution.
14 million South Africans go hungry every day,
while a further 14 million are at risk.
Stunting (children with low height for age) is
alarmingly high in South Africa – 27%.
Stunting undermines our children’s ability to grow and
develop to reach their full potential.
Too many children and young people are not eating the diet they need.
Unhealthy foods are cheaper than healthy and nutritious food,
which the poor can’t afford.




Second Harvest
Second Harvest, launched in mid-2018, is our programme that recovers edible surplus
food from farmers and growers while they harvest. Second Harvest is a response to the
more than 50% of all edible agricultural production being wasted because of stringent
specification requirements, cold-chain and processing inadequacies, as well as poor
access to markets.
Warehouse Foodbanking
Although the past year has been a tough trading environment
for our partners, food sourcing efforts have improved thanks to
good engagement with several stakeholders in the supply chain.
Our nutritious food percentage is increasing steadily thanks to an
increase in fresh produce due to our Second Harvest programme
initiated in 2018. We welcome new partners on board, including
Woolworths, Tiger Brands, Spar, Clover, FG La Pasta, Mass Mart, and
several commercial farmers who regularly donate fresh fruit and
Mobile Rural Depots
More than half of South Africa’s population lives in poverty, with abject poverty more prevalent in rural communities. Rural communities are generally under served and also ironically, have fewer opportunities to source nutritious food. Persistently hungry children cannot grow, learn and develop optimally; and chronically hungry youth and adults cannot contribute productively to our economy.
An Urban Food Security Solution that benefits Vulnerable Rural Communities
The FoodShare digital platform, launched in 2017, is FoodForward
SA’s scaled tech solution designed to increase the amount of surplus food
that can be recovered. Typically, the foodbanking model is a major
logistical operation involving the collection, sorting, storage
and distribution of surplus food from food donors to beneficiary
organisations (BOs). FoodShare uses virtual technology to
harness more surplus food by connecting retail stores and food
outlets with local BOs for the daily collection of surplus food.
FoodShare is implemented nationally, and includes distant rural
areas, allowing for greater access to food for the poor.
Breakfast Programme
Now in its 6th year, the Kellogg's Breakfast for Better Days
campaign focusses on primary and secondary school children.
FoodForward SA is the implementing partner in South Africa and
today the partnership provides nutritious meals to 35,000 learners
across 48 schools nationally. Learners receive cereal and milk
at the start of the day, allowing them to stay focussed for the
school day.
Youth Internship
More than 50% of our youth are unemployed. To stem the tide of youth
unemployment, and remove the huge barrier to entry for the disadvantaged
youth in the supply chain, FoodForward SA launched our very own accredited
Supply Chain Youth Internship.
Launched at the beginning of 2019, our inaugural Supply Chain Youth Internship
Programme (YIP) recruited 5 unemployed matriculants with little or no work
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Our Beneficiary Organisations

Greyton Transition Town Uses
Surplus Food to Transform Lives

Every two weeks, locals from Greyton and Genadendal, in the Western Cape, bring their recyclable waste to Greyton Transition Town (GTT), in return for a voucher that they can swap for food, fruit and vegetables, shoes, clothes or stationery

How your donation is
supporting Joy Special Educare

For the past 30 years, Joy Special Educare, situated in Tafelsig in Mitchells Plain, has cared for disabled children with multiple disabilities. The Centre was started by a group of working parents who did not have a safe place for their children during the day.

Your Donation Helps the
Witkoppen Clinic

Witkoppen Clinic is a non-profit organisation that provides high quality and high impact comprehensive primary healthcare and social welfare services to residents of informal settlements in Gauteng. The clinic services areas such as Diepsloot, Kyasands and Lion Park, where unemployment levels exceed 50% and more than 70% of residents live below the poverty line.

How your donation is supporting care for vulnerable children

One of the latest beneficiary organisations to join the FoodForward SA network is Ikageng which is based in Gauteng. Ikageng takes care of orphaned and other vulnerable children in-and-around Soweto. By providing for their basic needs, Ikageng relieves some of the pressure and despair faced by children who have lost parents and guardians to AIDS and are forced to take on adult roles.



As more people are going hungry at this challenging time, FoodForward SA is scaling up to reach millions of vulnerable people across all nine provinces. Thank you to all our donors and stakeholders for your partnership!

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