content FoodFowardSARather than filling landfills with edible surplus food, Food Forward SA addresses the problem of hunger by connecting a world of excess to a world of need by recovering this edible surplus food and redistributing it to beneficiary organisations that provide vital feeding programmes in needy communities.

Did you know that a third of all food produced in South Africa goes to landfills, while more than 14 million people go hungry? Established in 2009, FoodForward SA, a MySchool beneficiary, is addressing the problem of hunger in an innovative way, using surplus food to feed people, introducing digital technology to connect beneficiary organisations to stores for the collecting of surplus food, and 75% of their beneficiary organisations focus on education, skills development, women’s empowerment and orphans and vulnerable children.

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Using Food to Protect Vulnerable Children

One of Food Forward SA’s projects is a KwaZulu Natal feeding scheme that’s helping nourish its vulnerable community members, one plate at a time. DNA Ministries (in Harding, KwaZulu Natal) was established by Pastor Gerrie and Veronica Thomas in 2008, before being registered as an NPO in 2013. They saw a need to help orphans and vulnerable children who roam the streets of Harding looking for food. So, they started feeding these children from their own home.

The feeding scheme soon attracted vulnerable children from the nearby area of Mazakhele, and while more people are fed, they were also taught how to farm. Community members have now learned how to sustainably farm spinach and maize, and effectively taking responsibility for their own food security.

DNA is one of 600 registered NPOs receiving vital food support from FoodForward SA. The organisation is now able to assist even more people with the significant savings on their monthly grocery bill. “Without the food donations from FoodForward SA, DNA Ministries would have to reduce the number of people we assist daily and many children and parents will go hungry,” says Pastor Gerrie.
In line with the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FoodForward SA’s model works with many supply chain and other stakeholders to grow its ecosystem that uses surplus food as a catalyst for social change.

Feeding a quarter of a million people daily through its beneficiary organisation network, FoodForward SA is advancing the social development agenda in underprivileged communities using surplus food, using a four-pronged approach:

  1. Warehousing: Sourcing, collecting, sorting and storing edible surplus food for distribution to Beneficiary Organisations.
  2. Second Harvest: Recovering post-harvest surplus from the agricultural sector to improve the nutritious basket to Beneficiary Organisations.
  3. Food Share: Connecting Beneficiary Organisations to retail stores or food outlets for the daily collection of food via virtual technology.
  4. Development projects: School breakfast programmes to 30,000 students daily.

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