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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.


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Second Harvest
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.
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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
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
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.
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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

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FoodForward SA Supports Skills Development
Centres that Empower SA’s Youth

FoodForward SA strategically supports beneficiary organisations (BOs) that create meaningful employment opportunities for vulnerable or at-risk youth. Sixty-five of our 1,090 BOs (6%) are skills development organisations, through which we reach approximately 74,000 beneficiaries daily.

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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

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Phoenix Survival Centre:
Empowering Women and Uplifting Communities

Phoenix Survival Centre (PSC) is one of FoodForward SA’s 1,250 beneficiary organisations (BOs) and one of 150 that our Durban branch serves across KwaZulu-Natal. Although Caroline Govender and her husband established the non-profit organisation in 2009 as a home for abused, abandoned and destitute women, it now also serves the needs of the less privileged in order to help alleviate poverty.


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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Banking Detalis 

FoodForward South Africa

Bank: Nedbank

Branch Code: 19 87 65

Account: 101 006 9136 (Cheque)

Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ