A bank with a difference

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A bank with a difference

Establis hed in 2009, FoodBank South Africa is a registered non-profit organisation that provides a national logistics infrastructure that collects (rescues) edible surplus food from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. The organisation was set up with the support of government and other non-profit organisations in response to the growing problem of food insecurity. South Africa produces enough food to feed all its people. Yet, one third of all food produced ends up in landfill sites, while more than 11 million people are living without the security of regular meals. The cost of this food waste to society is estimated at R32-billion, and contributes 18% to global warming because of the harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Annually, FoodBank South Africa rescues close to four million kilograms of food, with an estimated value of R97-million, which is distributed to over 400 verified nonprofit organisations that provide meals, skills development programmes and education to over 100 000 people in ECDs, unemployed youth training centres, school children, the disabled, the aged, and unemployed and abused women. Because of its national infrastructure, FoodBank SA has the capacity to unlock access to large quantities of food and provide this food to insecure households. With a cost per meal of only R1.19, it makes foodbanking a costeffective solution to the problem of hunger.

FoodBank SA’s programmes include:

• Food Rescue

This involves sourcing, collecting, sorting, storing and distributing surplus edible food to verified NPOs.

• Procurement

Where funding permits, FoodBank SA purchases basic food items such as samp, sugar, beans, rice and maize meal, among other staples.

• Project Management

FoodBank SA implements large-scale feeding programmes on behalf of government and donors wishing to make a greater impact. In January 2015, FoodBank SA introduced an exciting new innovation called ‘Virtual Foodbanking’. Through this initiative, FoodBank SA is able to link its beneficiary organisations to the closest participating retail stores to collect fresh produce and bakery goods. Virtual Foodbanking has made significant cost-saving possible and ensures that the rescued food reaches beneficiaries is as fresh as possible. FoodBank SA relies on the generosity of corporates and individuals to implement this cost-effective solution to feed hungry people. There are a couple of ways to help FoodBank SA. Either feed one hungry person for a year by donating R480, or make a monthly donation of R40. For more information, visit www.foodbanksa.org, email info@foodbanksa.org, or call 021 531 5670.

Issue 2 - September 2015 - February 2016

Issue 2 - September 2015 - February 2016

This article was featured on page 60 of SABI Magazine Issue 2 - September 2015 - February 2016 .

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