Even before COVID-19 reared its head, millions of South Africans went hungry every day.
In March this year, IRMSA identified FoodForwardSA as the champion to help with this initiative and together with 14 other professional bodies, led a campaign to raise funds for those who are vulnerable.
World Food Day was celebrated on 16 October 2020 and once again the IRMSA team got involved – this time packing food hampers for beneficiary organisations. It was an opportunity to see first-hand the amazing work that the FoodForward SA team and volunteers do on a daily basis.
Now more than ever, we need to come together to meet the increased challenges presented by COVID-19. Be part of this initiative, donate now to FoodForward SA.
Other ways to get involved:
1. Host a food drive
2. Join a packing event
3. Do a fundraiser
4. Sponsor an individual (R255 feeds an individual one meal for an entire year)
Email FoodForward SA to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
If there was ever a time for us to stand together and reach out a helping hand, it’s not only now but over the next several years as well. The need is more dire now as we see that 4 out of 10 people lost their jobs since lockdown, leading to more South Africans being left stranded with no income and food.
Watch the highlights video IRMSA Team giving back on #WorldFoodDay at the FoodForward SA warehouse in Germiston, Johannesburg.
Watch the interview from #IRMSAConf2020 where Jeremy Maggs talked to Andy Du Plessis, Managing Director at FoodForward SA about how they are fighting hunger and meeting the needs of South Africans impacted by COVID-19.
In the words of Andy Du Plessis, Managing Director of FoodForward SA: “We use quality edible surplus food from the supply chain, so our model is sustainable and environmentally friendly. Because all the food is donated, it costs us only R0,85 to provide one meal. We also prioritise providing food to the most vulnerable groups – children, women and youth. And, since 75% of our beneficiary organisations focus on education, skills development, women and youth, our food is a catalyst for social change in under-served communities.”
This is an amazing drive with far-reaching humanitarian, economic and societal benefits from an organisation with decades of proven integrity in their work.
Because, in the spirit of ubuntu, when we feed our nation, we feed ourselves.