Community food gardens are gearing up to sell their vegetables at selected Checkers stores on Friday (18 May) to raise much-needed awareness ahead of World Hunger Day (28 May).
As part of our broader strategy to fight hunger, we believe in partnering with local community organisations in the fight against hunger. The Group’s vision is to enable communities to feed themselves in an independent and sustainable manner.
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Iris House started providing care for 12 special needs children and support for their families in 2012. Today it provides 305 children with specialised therapies, home-based support and respite care for their families.
Together with Urban Harvest, we have assisted to make their garden more sustainable, planting crops and transferring knowledge so that Iris House and members of the surrounding community can grow produce themselves.
Support Iris House on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Willowbridge.
Suthani food garden is a special community project started and maintained by a group of pensioners in Alexandra, outside Johannesburg.
The Shoprite Group joined forces with the pensioners and our implementation partner, Food & Trees for Africa, to bolster the work being done at this community garden.
Support Suthani on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Balfour Park.
Ekukhuseleni Tshireletso hospice provides, among other medical services, palliative care to people affected by HIV/Aids. An integral part of relieving pain and symptoms is curbing hunger and making sure patients had healthy nutrition, but many in the community did not have access to nutritional food.
The hospice started a small food garden and poultry farm to feed patients and help alleviate hunger in the larger community.
Support Ekukhuseleni Tshireletso on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Hyper Mayville.
In 2011 three unemployed friends urgently needed to find a way to feed their families. That year, they were able to secure a one-hectare tract of municipal land in their neighbourhood and began to develop a small urban farm. In 2013, they registered themselves as a co-op and soon recruited other community members to join them.
With Shoprite’s continued support, the members of the of the Modimo O Teng Co-op and their community will be able to secure their families’ long-term food security while earning vital revenue to uplift their lives.
Support Modimo O Teng on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Hyper Edenvale.
Yenzanathi, a non-profit organisation, provides food, mainly for children, the elderly, sick and unemployed through a soup kitchen. Hlophe initially provided food twice a week to 10 houses. Now Yenzanathi, which registered as a non profit organisatoin in 2007, is feeding over 250 people.
We have stepped in to supplement the work being done by Lydia Hlophe and the Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Programme to feed the community in Botha’s Hill in KwaZulu-Natal.
Support Suthani on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Hillcrest.
Empumelelweni Project is situated in the small rural villiage of Goshen in the Eastern Cape, home to predominantly pensioners and young people. The food garden was started by the community to secure fresh vegetables because they are far from towns and can't travel frequently.
Together with Food & Trees for Africa we've stepped in to upgrade their garden, the equipment as well as upskill the community members to feed the community of Goshen Village.
Support Empumelelweni Project on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Nonesi Mall Queenstown.
Kgaugelo is a community project in Botshabelo, outside Bloemfontein, which includes a feeding scheme, aftercare, youth programmes and skills development programmes focused on income generation for “gogos”. About 100 families benefit from this centre.
Shoprite got involved with training and capacitating Kguagelo’s already established food garden, as well as training community members to manufacture various products such as creams, tinctures and essential oils using medicinal herbs.
Support Kgaugelo-ya-Sechaba on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Hyper Bloemfontein.
A small yet passionate farming enterprise in the remote village of Jericho, located about 35km outside of Brits in the North West, established a vegetable garden in 2012 to help feed the poorer members of their local community.
As a business with heart, the Shoprite Group partnered with the Jericho Business Forum Co-op in 2017 to establish an effective and sustainable long-term solution. Today this farming enterprise is able to support their community by donating fresh produce including butternut, pumpkins, cabbage, tomatoes and onions towards any funerals that take place. Much-needed income is also generated by selling excess veggies at the market and to local vendors.
Support Jericho Business Forum Co-op on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Brits Mall.
In 2006, Meryline Ntimande was yet another unemployed member of the poor rural community of Acornhoek, over 30km away from Hazyview in Mpumalanga. Just over a decade later, she is in charge of feeding over 1000 people (adults as well as children) in and around her village with support from a 40-strong team working in the food garden she established.
The Group has been supporting the efforts of Ntimande and her team through access to training, improved infrastructure and a greater understanding of gardening basics.
Support Tiyimiseleni on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Hazyview Junction.
Khomanani Vhanu Community Project consists of seven (7) community members who have been subsistence farming with the focus on growing enough food to feed themselves and their families.
Together with Food & Trees for Africa, we have assisted to make this garden more sustainable and help even more people in the community fight hunger.
Support Khomanani Vhanu on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Shoprite Acornhoek Plaza.
Combined with the right healthcare, good nutrition is essential to tackling chronic diseases such as tuberculosis (TB). Access to fresh produce can be a challenge for rural communities located far from commercial centres, but the Retshewenyegile Home-Based Care Centre in Lokgabeng Village, near Taung, has found a way to provide vegetables to 800 patients all year round.
The Shoprite Group has been supporting the Centre to promote the importance of better nutrition and to boost the garden’s productivity by hosting a series of workshops that cover crop rotation, soil health, companion planting, natural remedies and pest management.
Support Retshewenyegile on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Hartswater.
Ellen Leping is the epitome of dedication. As the principal of Mokaila Primary School in Letlhogoring, near Mahikeng, North West, she is responsible for shaping the futures of 285 learners on their journey towards high school. As a community activist, she is instrumental in providing over 1 000 local people in this remote village with an easily accessible supply of fresh produce from the school’s food garden.
The project had been self-funded from inception, but last year Checkers came on board. The retailer’s support includes a series of training workshops in permaculture techniques, which have helped to strengthen the team’s understanding of the importance of crop rotation, composting, soil health and pest control using aloe mixtures – among other areas.
Support Mokaila Primary School on Market Day, 18 May 2018, when they sell fresh produce from their food garden at Checkers Mafikeng.
|Checkers Willowbridge (Western Cape)||Iris House Children's Hospice|
|Checkers Balfour Park (Gauteng)||Suthani Community Garden|
|Checkers Hyper Mayville (Gauteng)||Ekukhuseleni Tshireletso|
|Checkers Hyper Edenvale (Gauteng)||Modimo O Teng Co-op|
|Checkers Riverwalk (Gauteng)||Mona Sinarmoovar|
|Checkers Hillcrest (KwaZulu-Natal)||Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Programme|
|Checkers Scottburgh (KwaZulu-Natal)||Qalakabusha|
|Checkers Nonesi Mall Queenstown (Eastern Cape)||Empumelelweni - Goshen Village|
|Checkers King Williams Town (Eastern Cape)||Valoyi & Mgodleni Co-op|
|Checkers Hyper Bloemfontein (Free State)||Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba|
|Checkers Brits Mall (North West)||Jericho Business Forum Co-op|
|Checkers Mafikeng (North West)||Mokaila|
|Checkers Hazyview Junction (Mpumalanga)||Tiyimiseleni Home Based Care|
|Shoprite Acornhoek Plaza (Mpumalanga)||Khomanani Vhanu Community Project|
|Checkers Hartswater (Northern Cape)||Retshwenyegile|