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.
A South Africa without hunger.
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.