25 April 2023

Shoprite is extending its support in Groblersdal, Limpopo, by donating 60 ‘garden in a bucket’ starter kits to community members in the area to ensure greater food security.

“This initiative expands the support Shoprite has been giving to the Ndlovu Care Group’s food garden since 2020, now also addressing food security at household level by giving families the means to grow their own food at home.” 

- Sanjeev Raghubir, Group Sustainability Manager

The starter kits equip community members with essential garden resources - including seedlings, hand tools and organic fertiliser required to start their own food gardens. They also receive a step-by-step manual and are given the necessary training to ensure the success of the household gardens that, collectively, could feed more than 240 people for at least a year.

A young man in a red apron holding a microphone and a green book. Msizi Hlongwane from Food & Trees for Africa demonstrating to the Groblersdal community members how to use their Shoprite ‘garden in a bucket’ starter kits to ensure their household gardens are successful.

“We’re grateful for this opportunity from Shoprite to plant our own gardens at home. This will help me include more fresh produce in meals, ensuring it is more nutritious.” 

- Dinero Bahlula, one of the community members who received a ‘garden in a bucket’ starter kit.

Two peole holding a black watering can. Groblersdal community member, Dinero Bahula, receiving her ‘garden in a bucket’ starter kit from Shoprite’s Tebogo Malapane. This forms part of the retailer’s support to ensure greater food security in the area and expands on the support it has been giving to the Ndlovu Care Group.

Shoprite is committed to ensuring food security in vulnerable communities across South Africa and supports more than 200 community food gardens and over 3 500 home gardens, which impacts almost 55 000 beneficiaries.