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Millions of people in South Africa do not know where their next meal is coming from, but this is set to change after the launch of FoodBank South Africa in Cape Town on Tuesday.
An historic Memorandum of Agreement between FoodBank South Africa and the government has been signed by national Minister for Social Development Zola Skweyiya, creating the largest Foodbank in Africa. This follows 18 months of preparatory research and discussion initiated by the Global FoodBanking Network, a US-based initiative, and the South Africa Forum for Food Sustainability.
This is the first step in unlocking millions in government funds to feed the hungry.
The Director General of Social Development, Mondli Mbhele, and chairperson of FoodBank South Africa, Crispin Sonn, marked the occasion with a handshake at the Philippi warehouse on Monday.
The new system - a consolidation of Feedback Food Redistribution, Lions Food Project, and the Robin Good Initiative – will be able to provide more than 15 000 people three meals a day in the Greater Cape Town area.
The FoodBank SA model is a result of collaboration between the grocery products industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and government ministries to align programmes and resources in order to get more food to more people.
This will be the largest FoodBank in Africa and a series of Section 21 companies will be developed over the next few months in major urban centres throughout the country. Cape Town is the inaugural branch.
FoodBank Cape Town sources and transports good quality excess food to its 600m2 Philippi warehouse, then stores and distributes it to beneficiary agencies within a 300km from the city centre, providing food to those who would otherwise have nothing to eat.
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