About US

About Us

One third of all food produced in South Africa is dumped in landfill, while more than 14 million people are going hungry in our country, on a daily basis. FoodForward SA (formerly FoodBank SA) started in 2009, to address the growing problem of hunger by connecting a world of excess to a world of need.

In partnership with all the major wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers, our mandate is to collect edible surplus food and non-food groceries, for redistribution to verified and registered Beneficiary Organisations (BOs). We call this process Foodbanking. It is a cost-effective solution to food insecurity.
 
To increase our social impact, FFSA uses surplus food as a catalyst for social innovation and entrepreneurship, while working towards ensuring that at least 75% of our BOs focus on education, youth developmental, women’s empowerment, and healthcare, in addition to their feeding programmes.

Our Vision

A South Africa without hunger.

Our Mission

To reduce hunger in South Africa by safely and cost effectively securing quality food, and making it available to those who need it. 


 
The cost per meal is calculated by dividing total operating cost by total tonnage, while the meals calculation includes a varying percentage of non-food groceries such as toiletries and detergents.

Not only does our food recovery programme feed 250 000 hungry people, it also recovers more than 4 400 tonnes of food before it goes to landfill, releasing harmful gases and having a negative impact on the environment.

 

 

 

News
FoodForward SA November 2021 News

FOOD JUSTICE MUST BE REALISED FOR PEOPLE TO BE TRULY FREE.

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Women integral to FoodForward SA's approach to food security and distribution.

Women account for two-thirds of the total job losses in South Africa, between February and April this year. According to the Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey published by the National Income Dynamic Study (NIDS-CRAM), 2 million women were left unemployed.

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SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY: TWO SIDES OF THE SAME COIN

South Africans are truly remarkable and unique. In spite of our very brutal past and the legacy we still live with, along with our very different cultures and sub-cultures that tend to divide us, we also have much in common.

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Food Forward SA - September Newsletter

Thank you, to all our donors and partners. It is through your support that we were able to achieve our goals in what was a milestone year!

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Investing in rural communities critical to food security - FoodForward SA launches 9th depot

If the United Nations’ estimates are correct, SA's rural population will decline to 20% of the population by 2050. At the moment, the UN’s Population Division estimates SA’s rural population at just over 33% or a third of the country’s population.

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OUR PEOPLE ARE DESPERATE: THEY NEED FOOD

A lady recently shared her story, on radio, of how the Covid-19 pandemic has affected her family. Two years ago, she and her husband agreed that she would leave her job to look after their two children while he would continue to work.

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Accountability: Part of FoodForward SA’s Recipe/DNA

Pakama, Edgar and Walliya have little in common. They have never enjoyed a meal at the same table, yet their lives are interwoven. Responsibility glues them together.

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PATIENTS TO BENEFIT FROM FOOD RELIEF INITIATIVE

A pilot initiative between FoodForward SA, Feed the Nation Foundation and the WC Department of Health was launched on Friday, 29 Jan, which will identify and expedite food support to patients with compromised immunity who have lost their ability to earn.

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As Hardship Continues, Empathy Drives Our Social Agenda

Only one thing is certain - these are uncertain times. In the space of only 11 months, we all find ourselves living in a very different world.

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EVIDENCE-BASED SOCIAL IMPACT IS A LARGELY IGNORED BUT CRITICAL PATHWAY TO REDRESS STRUCTURAL CAUSES

“The social impact of the collective efforts within the non-profit sector offers another pathway to bring about better education and nutrition outcomes in under-served communities,” says FoodForward SA MD, Andy Du Plessis.

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EASTERN CAPE RURAL COMMUNITIES BENEFIT FROM FOODFORWARD SA’s INTERVENTION

Mobile Rural Depots Increase FoodForward SA’s Eastern Cape Footprint

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We need a government that delivers better value for money

In October 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa stated that “corruption has cost South Africa as much as R1 trillion”. This is a staggering amount of taxpayers’ money that was wasted, at a time when it is most needed.

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FOODFORWARD SA EXPANDS FOOD PARCEL PROGRAMME TO SEVEN ADDITIONAL PROVINCES

Three months after launching in the Western Cape, FoodForward SA (FFSA) is adjusting the scope of its Food Parcel Programme and expanding it nationally, to reach even more vulnerable families left destitute because of the pandemic.

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FoodForward SA August Newsletter

PEOPLE WITH NOTHING, HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE. Inequality, poverty and unemployment provide fertile ground for looting and lawlessness

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THE RIGHT TO FOOD IS A FUNDAMENTAL HUMAN RIGHT THAT MUST BE REALISED WITH GREATER URGENCY

It is often said that food is the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. While this may be true, depending on your social context, consider how the lack of food could impact a person, a family, a community, and a nation

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FoodForward SA’s support helps to empower centres for orphaned and vulnerable children

There are over 5 million orphaned children in South Africa with 12,000 being added every month, including thousands of child-headed households.

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CHILDREN ARE DYING OF STARVATION

More than one third of all the food produced in South Africa ends up in landfills – although most of this food is still in an edible and nutritious condition.

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FoodForward SA calls on retailers to donate surplus foods for KZN flood relief

South Africa has returned to a national state of disaster, this time in response to the devastating floods in KwaZulu-Natal.

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FoodForward SA #KZNFloodRelief

The torrential rains in KwaZulu-Natal over the past 2 weeks saw nearly 500 people lose their lives, more than 13 000 homes destroyed by the raging floods, and billions of Rands in damage to infrastructure.

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FoodForward SA May 2022

The gross inequality across the length and breadth of South Africa is palpable, disturbing, and not sustainable for long term growth, national security, and social cohesion.

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Empowering Youth through FoodForward SA’s Supply Chain Internship

To address youth unemployment, while steadily removing the huge barrier to entry for underprivileged youth, FoodForward SA, with the support of Woolworths and the Industrial Development Corporation.

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The Silent But Deadly Livelihoods Crisis Emerging

While 1994 represented a significant turning point in South Africa’s political history, economic justice was not realised.

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Months of Millions of Meals, Solidarity and Sharks

bp Southern Africa has partnered with SA Harvest in a long-term partnership that will deliver 55 million meals and contribute towards reducing methane emissions from landfills.

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CRITICAL TO IMPACT OF NON-PROFIT ORGANISATIONS SUPPORTING SURVIVORS OF GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

As the 16 days of activism for women and children comes to an end, there is no doubt that much more needs to be done to protect women and children from serial abusers.

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FoodForward SA (FFSA): Celebrating 15 Years of Social, Economic and Environmental Impact Investment

What initially started as an idea in 2000 (as FeedBack Food Redistribution) to recover edible excess food from Cape Town’s film industry, morphed to become a national reality in 2009 (as FoodBank SA).

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