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October 2011

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World Food Day is celebrated every year on 16 October, partly to heighten public awareness about hunger. It's needed: in South Africa, a staggering 11 million people or 20% of the population don’t know where their next meal will come from.

On World Food Day, just like every other day, FoodBank donated enough food to help tens of thousands of people. To sustain this life saving work, we need to fundraise. At present we can provide a meal for every R1,68 we can raise.

This World Food Day, Nestlé helped us to reach out to dozens of media leaders. We hand delivered empty "no lunch" boxes with an appeal to encourage the public to donate R20 each to help us to feed hungry people.

We made it easy by creating a dedicated SMS line allowing instant donations. If you can afford a R20 donation simply SMS the word "Foodbank" to 40421 (within South Africa only). The net proceeds will allow us to feed 12 hungry people. There’s no quicker or easier way to help those in need.

If you can do more to help, please support our Feat for Food program, in which champions for the hungry undertake "feats" and secure sponsorship donated to FoodBank. Current feats you could support include Anthony Kitchen running the New York marathon, Patrick Andries undertaking Cape Town's Big Walk, and Ciska Coetzee "losing an inch for someone in a pinch". We also have a "Wheels for Meals" team entering next year's Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour. Email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to join the team.

But don't let our imagination limit yours. What could be your Feat for Food, and how many people could it feed? 

Last but not least, please consider becoming a member of FoodBank by joining our Fill the Gap Club. For instance, a R75 donation will feed a child or adult for a month.  Visit for details.

Please don’t wait. Hunger doesn’t!

Kind regards,
Alan Gilbertson

Please enable View Pictures on your mail system to see this image. Nedbank's Sandwich Jam Breaks All Records

On 30 September, Nedbank celebrated its annual Deep Green Day by holding the biggest sandwich jam in FoodBank's history. The event enabled FoodBank to distribute sufficient food for a staggering 29,000 people.


fbsa_logo_square Why Does Foodbanking Make Sense?

Foodbanking is practised in about 40 countries but relatively new to South Africa. What's the big deal? Why does foodbanking make such sense?


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Thanks to Fruit & Veg City, on Heritage Day, FoodBank SA benefitted from the proceeds of a successful attempt to break the world record for a braai marathon.


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Stormont Madubela Primary School is a school in Nyanga, Cape Town. Over the past 18 months, FoodBank has provided just under 50,000 kgs of sandwiches, fruit and dry goods to the school.


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Breaking the cycle of poverty through nutritious cooked meals.

Using a successful Brazilian feeding programme as a model, FoodBank SA’s Managing Director, Andy Du Plessis, talks about how the Community Nutrition and Development Centre (CNDC) project in partnership with the Department of Social Development is bringing hope to local communities.

The project is based on the successes of the Brazilian Popular Restaurant model that providesnutritious meals to vulnerable people. What makes this project special and different to other feeding schemes is that it not only feeds the beneficiaries, but also gives them the opportunity to participate in developmental projects that will help them break the cycle of poverty.

Pioneer Foods Donates a Cold Room

FoodBank SA is committed to delivering food to South Africa's vulnerable men, women and children who, without intervention, would go hungry. During 2013, FoodBank SA distributed in excess of 4,3 million kilograms of food which translates into roughly 14 million meals annually.

Donations Made Sustainability Possible at St. Monica's

They call themselves the "Shelter for the Not so Young", at the St. Monica's Centre elderly citizens who often live off a paltry disability grant or pension, are offered a safe place and a warm meal. grant or pension, are offered a safe place and a.

FoodBank SA Fast - A Huge Success

What would you do with R40? Buy a fast-food meal combo? A 4pm snack and drink? Some basics for the cupboard? Did you know that through FoodBank SA, R40 can provide one person with meals for a month?

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FoodBank SA Selected by Nedbank SA Charity Golf Day 2013

Over the past 16 years over £900 000 has been raised by the Nedbank SA Charity Golf tournament for a number of worthy causes across South Africa.FoodBank SA is humbled to have been chosen as one of six charities to receive proceeds from this fun-filled day.

Help Make it Happen

Come celebrate FoodBank SA's achievements and help raise more funds to stamp out hunger experienced by millions of men, women and children daily.

Connect Online and Spread the Word

Connect with FoodBank SA across all our social media networks as we continue to support thousands of hungry South Africans through your generosity and donations. their recent generous donation of a

Become a Lunch Buddy

A school child's lunch time should be filled with a satisfying meal to ensure that they have adequate levels of energy for constructive play and learning.


How Payroll Giving provides hunger relief

Did you know South Africa produces enough food to feed every single person? Yet 11 million men, women and children go hungry daily.their recent generous donation of a   forklift truck to our Johannes urg branch.

Extra Airtime Can Provide 15 Meals

R20 spent on a lunch is a cheap meal and even more value for money, when it can provide 15 meals. value for money, when it can

Linde Offers practical support

On behalf of FoodBank SA and especially our Johannesburg branch staff, we would like to thank Linde Material Handling for their recent generous donation of a forklift truck to our Johannesburg branch. area

FoodBank SA First Quarter Newsletter 2014

In the past financial year (March 2013 to February 2014), FoodBank South Africa has distributed 4,390,407 kilograms of food to more than 600 non-profit organisations, allowing those organisations to provide more than 41,500 meals per day. This is a significant achievement for an organisation now only entering its fifth year in the fight to alleviate hunger and malnutrition. FoodBank SA is thankful for the various government and corporate partnerships that have enabled it to reach this significant milestone.

Although South Africa produces enough food to feed its entire population, many cannot access this food because of the high cost. This results in approximately one third of the food we produce going to waste in landfill sites, having a negative impact on the environment by producing the climate-changing greenhouse gas - methane. For the 11,000,000 South Africans who go hungry every day, this is their reality and the motivation for the ongoing work that FoodBank SA does.

Our Food Rescue Programme involves the sourcing, collecting, sorting, storage and distribution of donated edible food from manufacturers and retailers. This model provides a more cost-effective solution to the problem of hunger, while making a positive impact on the environment.

FoodBank SA's Reach and Impact
  • We have 7 branches across South Africa, with warehouse space in excess of 5,000m2
  • More than 30 vehicles are deployed across the country
  • We provide food to more than 600 organisations that serve over 41,500 meals daily (more than 14,000,000 meals annually)
  • We rescue more than 4,000,000 kilograms of food annually
  • The provision of food to youth centres, training facilitates, orphanages, vulnerable children centres, rehabilitation centres, and childcare facilities allows these organisations to focus their time and efforts on the important work that they do.

This cost-effective solution to hunger also improves health and education, and reduces crime and unemployment.

In addition to the Food Rescue Programme, FoodBank SA implements a number of social assistance programmes on behalf of various government departments. In the Western Cape we manage 17 Community Nutrition and Development Centres (CNDCs) on behalf of the National Department of Social Development (DSD). These CNDCs, situated in vulnerable communities across the Western Cape, are community kitchens where unemployed people can enjoy a nutritious sit-down meal at lunchtime. Meals include pilchards and rice, soya curry and rice, chicken stew, and samp and beans, all served with fresh fruit and vegetables.

In Kwa-Zulu Natal, FoodBank SA also implements CNDCs, on behalf of the Provincial Department of Social Development, as well as bulk procurement for assessed vulnerable families in crisis, and procurement to supplement FoodBank SA's Food Rescue Programme.

In Limpopo, the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA) fully funds FoodBank SA's FoodPark situated in Polokwane. This funding enables us to employ staff to implement the Food Rescue Programme, and to procure fruit and vegetables from emerging farmers to supplement this programme. More than 6,700 families benefit from this partnership.

In Rustenburg, in the North West Province, Glencore Xstrata, a large mining company, fully funds the Rustenburg FoodBank. This funding allows FoodBank SA to employ staff to implement the Food Rescue Programme, as well as to procure food.

FoodBank SA also receives financial support from the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), to purchase fruit and vegetables on a national scale from emerging farmers. These fruit and vegetables are used to supplement the Food Rescue Programme.

FoodBank SA is proud to partner with these government departments and private companies, as we work together to address the problem of hunger and malnutrition in South Africa.

Cycle Tour Entrants Support FoodBank South Africa

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum Cycle Tour, which is arguably the most beautiful cycle race in the world, took place on the 9th of March 2014. Approximately 35,000 people entered the race this year, 13 of whom are loyal supporters of FoodBank SA. These supporters took up the challenge of cycling the world's largest individually timed cycle race, while raising funds for FoodBank SA.

Together the 13 cyclists raised a total of R18,374 which will translate into the provision of approximately 13,610 meals. They completed the full 109 kilometres which took them onto a scenic route through Cape Town. For many this was not their first Argus Cycle Tour, the motivation that keeps them coming back is knowing that they are connected to a cause that they believe in, and propels them over the notorious Chapman's Peak mountain pass and the infamous Suikerbossie hill.

A very big thank you to FoodBank SA supporter Jaynash Roopchand, who very generously sponsored an Argus cycle entry fee and cycling shirt which was donated to the lucky Gem Patten, who represented FoodBank in the cycle race.

Congratulations to all the cyclists that supported FoodBank SA, and thank you for this very practical manner in which you were able to help raise funds.

Alleviating hunger in Polokwane

Polokwane, meaning "Place of Safety", is the capital city of the Limpopo Province. FoodBank South Africa has partnered with provincial government, the Limpopo Department of Agriculture (LDA), to establish the Limpopo FoodPark which was officially launched on 25 March 2012. This vital funding from LDA enables FoodBank SA to provide food to 68 community based organisations representing more than 6,700 beneficiaries in Polokwane.

Some of the food is bought from local small-scale farmers ensuring the viability of the farmers, creating jobs, and also increasing the local supply of food.

HIEB Shelter is just one of the incredible organisations we support. HIEB stands for Help in Every Burden/Hulp in Elke Behoefte, and that is literally what HIEB does! Through the variety of projects they run, HIEB assists the needy in their community by providing low cost housing, food, clothes, guidance, furniture, linen, blankets, etc.

HIEB was established out of a need in the community. Its doors opened in August 2007, and it has been tirelessly serving its community for the past seven years! It reaches over 260 people across different cultures, races, ages and genders, helping those in need and providing them with the food that FoodBank SA provides. HIEB provides daily meals to those vulnerable to food insecurity. Mr Adriaan Fourie, who oversees and facilitates some of HIEB's projects said, "Foodbank SA enables us to do so much more in terms of food donations and distribution in our communities."

Thank you Limpopo Department of Agriculture for continuing to enable the Limpopo FoodPark to alleviate hunger and malnutrition in this province, by supporting charities like HIEB who do such wonderful work amongst the poorest communities in and around Polokwane!

FoodBank South Africa appoints new MD
FoodBank SA is excited to welcome Andy Du Plessis, who was appointed our new Managing Director in August 2013.
Andy has worked in the government and non-profit sector for more than 20 years.
FoodBank SA welcomes Andy to the FoodBank SA family. We look forward to his leadership and direction, drawing from his previous experience, in order to grow the organisation and ensuring that the FoodBank SA network continues to operate efficiently, effectively and with good governance.

Siba becomes a FoodBank South Africa Ambassador
Sibahle Mtongana aka Siba is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast who has brought style and charisma to the South African television food scene.
She is an award winning food writer and the host of Siba's Table on Food Network, which airs in more than 90 countries across Africa, Europe and the Middle East.

Siba is a wife and mother who is a firm believer in giving back, especially to the poor and underprivileged. One of her greatest wishes is to inspire people and generation to re-instill the spirit of ubuntu - which means I am because you are, by lending helping hands to those in need.

Hence, she views being a patron for FoodBank SA as a great honour. It allows her to fulfil her wish of helping by using her skills, ever growing popularity and influence as a means to heighten awareness about what FoodBank SA does in order to achieve their collective dream of a South Africa free from hunger and malnutrition.

FoodBank SA is excited to have Siba as a vital part of the FoodBank SA team and we are grateful that she has committed her time and expertise to the fight against hunger in South Africa.

Giving is Easy
Did you know that swiping your MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card is free and if you select us as your beneficiary, between 0.25% and 5% of your purchase will be donated to FoodBank South Africa?
FoodBank SA is part of the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme which helps raise essential funds for the many food insecure people across South Africa. It is the easiest way to support FoodBank SA.

How it works
Apply for a MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet card and nominate FoodBank SA as beneficiary. Present your card every time you purchase items from any of the 2,500 participating partners throughout South Africa.

Swipe your card at any of their 12 national or numerous local partners which include Woolworths, participating Engen QuickShops,, Waltons, Toys R Us, Reggie's, Jack's Paint and Altech Netstar outlets. They'll then make a donation on your behalf to FoodBank SA at absolutely no cost to you! Every swipe counts! All your qualifying transactions are recorded and a statement is sent to you on a monthly basis via email, so you get to reflect on how much good you've done.

To learn more about the MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet programme,
click here.

Give back by being a Smart Shopper!
Donating to FoodBank South Africa can be as easy as swiping your Smart Shopper card at Pick n Pay!
Smart Shopper cards accumulate points which can be donated to a cause of your choice.

If you have a Smart Shopper Card and would like to support FoodBank SA, simply visit the Smart Shopper kiosk in your local Pick n Pay store and select FoodBank SA as one of your beneficiaries by following the easy instructions. If you don't have a Smart Shopper card yet, you can apply for one in any Pick n Pay store.

FoodBank SA sends a huge thank you to Pick n Pay and all you Smart Shoppers for your support. Together we can make a real difference.
Read more about becoming a Smart Shopper here.

PnP Hampers Against Hunger
FoodBank South Africa's partnership with Pick n Pay goes back many years.

Every year Pick n Pay donates approximately 2,000,000 kilograms of food to FoodBank SA and now they have given their customers the opportunity to donate to us through the 'Hampers Against Hunger' campaign.

The festive season is traditionally a time for giving to those who are less fortunate than ourselves, and so, for the third year running Pick n Pay and FoodBank SA have joined forces to feed those in need this past holiday period.

The 'Hampers Against Hunger' campaign ran from 1 November 2013 until the end of December and was marketed as the 'Be an Angel' campaign, where customers could help feed someone for Christmas by either making cash donations at tills or donating their smart shopper points at kiosks.

Thank you to Pick n Pay for repeating this Christmas campaign and thank you to all the Pick n Pay customers who made this donation possible. The donation has a massive impact on FoodBank SA's operations and has allowed us to facilitate the provision of more than 199,045 meals!

The provision of food will go to a number of verified non-profit organisations allowing them to focus their time and efforts on the important work that they do.

On behalf of everyone at FoodBank South Africa and our beneficiaries, we would like to thank Pick n Pay for their ongoing support.

Raina & Sarah climb Kilimanjaro to raise funds for FoodBank South Africa

On the 22nd of February, Raina Steer and Sarah Johnston began their epic adventure of trekking the highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 5,895 metres above sea level. Each year Kilimanjaro beckons an estimated 25,000 climbers to make the trek to one of the seven summits and this year Riana and Sarah have answered that call and decided to take on the challenge while supporting FoodBank SA.
"My friend Sarah and I have always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro for the challenge and to reach the summit of the highest climbable peak without gear," says Raina. They were encouraged by the fact that each step will count even more as they were raising funds to help others. They decided to use the opportunity as a fundraising tool to show their appreciation of being healthy and lucky enough to take on such an amazing challenge. While this was the first 'big' summit for Sarah, that is not the case for Raina who has climbed Mount Picchu in Peru and has reached the summit of Cascade Mountain and Mount Rundle in Banff, Canada.

Raina and Sarah summited Uhuru Peak to a beautiful sunrise at 6:00am on Thursday the 27th of February

"What a beautiful mountain Kilimanjaro is, with amazing flora and fauna as well as stunning glaciers for us to appreciate. Our guides, chef, porters and hiking group were so amazing and supportive. Thank you to everyone at FoodBank SA for cheering us on. It definitely helped on that long and slow climb! An experience of a lifetime!" Says Raina. Together they have raised a very impressive total of R38,720 which translates into food for approximately 28,681 meals. An enormous well done ladies!

We are very grateful to Raina and Sarah, two very brave social activists who took on such an incredible 'Feat for Food'.

If you would like to know more about or even complete your own 'Feat for Food', which could include any type of activity from hosting a dinner party to a skydiving challenge and help raise funds for the many food insecure South Africans.
Read more here

Rustenburg FoodBank, funded by Glencore Xstrata

Over the past two years, we’ve seen tremendous growth and interest in the Rustenburg FoodBank. Community groups and organisations have turned their attention to address food security issues in the district. Hunger is still a big problem in the area, as well as in the province, as more and more people in the communities require social help to alleviate hunger challenges.

However, the partnership with Glencore Xstrata makes it possible for the Rustenburg FoodBank to really make a difference in the area by meeting the food needs of the surrounding communities. Rustenburg FoodBank secures quality food for the hungry and ensures that malnutrition in poor communities is addressed. As a result FoodBank SA supplies food to approximately 57 community based organisations, with more than 12,500 beneficiaries, in the North West Province.

The CBOs we partner with serve in three target areas: Child & Youth Development (pre-schools, foster care, shelters for orphans and vulnerable children and school feeding schemes); Adult Development (nutritional feeding centres and soup kitchens serving unemployed persons, HIV-infected persons and pregnant women); and Social Welfare (aged care, disabled care and care for the terminally ill). The Rustenburg FoodBank partners with organisations that serve the most vulnerable communities of people, namely: orphans and vulnerable children; impoverished people infected and affected by HIV/Aids; the aged; destitute and pregnant women; and unemployment.

During 2012 Rustenburg FoodBank began a journey of identifying small scale farmers in the area with the purpose of building relationships with them, including assisting the farmers with capacity building, which will later see them providing fresh produce to FoodBank. Currently five small scale farmers are part of this scheme and their produce forms part of the nutritional support we offer our beneficiaries.

Thank you to Glencore Xstrata for their ongoing support which has allowed the Rustenburg FoodBank to provide nutritious meals to the vulnerable in that area.

FoodBank Foundation UK

FoodBank Foundation UK — a registered charity — is the UK fundraising arm of FoodBank South Africa. Both organisations share the vision of "A South Africa without hunger or malnutrition". With support from their Patrons and Trustees, FoodBank Foundation UK uses its skills, expertise and passion for SA to raise awareness of and support for the outstanding work that FoodBank SA does.

FoodBank Foundation UK has once again partnered with Pieter Dirk Uys' Darling Trust. Darling is the haunt of world-famous satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys and his stage alter ego Evita Bezuidenhout. After Pieter bought an old railway station in this picturesque little town and converted it into a theatre, he set up a trust to assist local people with health-related issues as well as to empower local inhabitants with skills to earn a living, particularly in the arts and crafts field.

Joshua Hamandawana, his wife Joyce and daughter Nancy are residents of Darling. Joshua, having trained with the trust, is a skilled crafter of beautiful beaded decorations. He has produced the most wonderful selection of Christmas decorations, South African flowers and animal key rings.

The selection of decorations has been well received by South Africans in the UK as well as the British public. The Christmas range includes gorgeous beaded angels, stars, reindeer and Christmas trees. In a recent Valentine's Day promotion FoodBank SA partnered with Spur Steak & Grill in UK who distributed the roses to all of their eight branches in UK and Ireland. The Savanna chain of stores helped to promote the Valentine's Day roses through their seven branches in Central and SW London, and SA Winesonline created three Valentine's Day packages of wine plus a beaded rose for their customers. Through this we have raised enough money to provide approximately 21,500 meals.

For anyone living in the UK interested in supporting FoodBank SA please contact Hayley Short on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Janet Broadhurst on This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

FoodBank South Africa partners with KELLOGG'S Foundation to feed disadvantaged learners

Kellogg's South Africa has teamed up with FoodBank SA to launch the Kellogg's Breakfast for Better Days campaign. The campaign will see 5,000,000 servings of sponsored Kellogg's cereal and milk donated by Parmalat, to learners from over 50 underprivileged schools in Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal, Western Cape and the Eastern Cape.

Andy Du Plessis, Managing Director of FoodBank SA, says that breakfast has been positively linked to favourable health outcomes, such as healthier body weight and diet quality. "Research shows that children who skip breakfast are unlikely to make up those missed nutrients throughout the rest of the day."

Du Plessis says that the campaign aims to feed 25,000 learners breakfast every school day in 2014 and will focus on relieving hunger amongst learners in South Africa. "To achieve this, a total amount of 150,000 kilograms of cereal and 500,000 litres of milk will be provided. The campaign will also look to educate youth about the importance of daily nutritional requirements."

Du Plessis says that millions of South Africans go hungry every day and the lack of nutrition is a serious concern which needs to be urgently addressed. "Hunger and malnutrition remain the most devastating problems facing the impoverished in South Africa. In severe cases the consequences of malnutrition can affect growth and development, reduce physical activity, impair resistance to infection, increase morbidity and lead to disabilities and death." He points to research released by UNISA, which reveals that nearly 1 in 5 kids don't eat breakfast before going to school.

FoodBank SA is thrilled to be part of this campaign, helping to provide 5,000,000 meals to South African children.  


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