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We fight hunger
We help to fight hunger in the following ways:
We provide immediate hunger relief to those in need with our mobile soup kitchens. It’s an effective way to deliver nutritious meals to beneficiary organisations.
We donate surplus food and goods from our stores and distribution centres to local, verified beneficiaries. This initiative aligns with our strategy to reduce food waste.
In the face of disasters like fires or floods, we do what we can and work swiftly to provide food and essential goods to those affected.
As part of fighting hunger in disadvantaged communities, we invest significantly in community food gardens to support long-term food security and economic access.
Through our continued support for community food gardens, we give thousands of people access to nutritious food. Currently, this initiative takes place in about 100 communities across South Africa and three communities in Zambia. The primary aim of our food gardens is to produce nutritious food through bio-intensive production; however, we also focus on and support learning, production and social gardens.
With funding for South Africa’s Covid-19 R350 grants running dry for many, and jobs under threat due to the economic fallout from the pandemic, the Shoprite Group is increasing its food security efforts, and working to ensure job security for its massive workforce.
The Maumong Orphanage in Marikana, North West, was established to take care of the many orphaned and vulnerable children in the community and with Shoprite’s support, they are hoping to expand their food garden to feed even more neglected children.
After many years in the advertising industry, Meryl Smith, 66, wanted to get involved in community development to give back to those less fortunate and with Shoprite’s assistance, she’s been running a successful food garden at the Lentegeur Psychiatric Hospital in Mitchells Plain.
A total of 17 community gardens in Gauteng, ten of which are situated in Soweto, recently benefited from a large donation of seedlings by the Shoprite Group.
The Shoprite Group served over 130 000 nutritious meals and delivered thousands of food packs to children at early childhood development (ECD) centres during lockdown, and ensured that these centres have been able to stay open at a time when many have faced closure.
The impact of Covid-19 will be felt for a long time, particularly in rural communities such as Mulima in Limpopo, where the St Scholastica Food Garden had to stretch their meagre resources in recent months to help those who were returning home after losing their jobs during the lockdown in Johannesburg.
Shakaville resident Simon Kwesaba has not allowed lockdown to let the proverbial grass grow under his feet. He’s continued to care for his community providing food parcels from the donation of surplus food he receives from Checkers Mount Richmore Village.
Checkers has donated more than 1 000 plants to the Modimo O Teng community food garden as part of its Little Garden 2 campaign.
The plants come from the billboard nursery that was erected in Sandton last month to celebrate the return of Checkers Little Garden, and includes kale, pelargonium, spinach, bok choy and flat-leaf parsley.
“It puts my mind at ease to know my organisation can depend on the Shoprite Group for help whether we’re in a pandemic or not.”
The retailer is on a mission to fight hunger across South Africa and has since 2015 partnered with more than 100 community gardens as well as 347 home gardens, benefitting more than 23 000 people.