On Friday the 14th of July 2017 Food Forward South Africa hosted a food drive for Mandela Day. It took place throughout the weekend until Sunday the 16th of July. It was happening inside Pick n Pay at the Cosmo City Shopping Centre.
Food Forward SA is an organisation that collects edible surplus food from manufacturers; wholesalers and retailers and redistributes this food to verified NPOs that collectively feed thousands of hungry people daily. They provide for over 14 500 000 a year and feed 250 000 people daily.
'' We are one of the organisations that work with Food Forward SA, We can receive food from them on a monthly basis.'' said Jeanette Mnisi centre project manager for Son of Joy Foundation, one of the NGOs that work with Food Forward SA.
Sun of Joy foundation provides an after school care program in Malibongwe Ridge (Itsoseng squatter camp) in Cosmo City. they enroll around 90 children for after school; They provide educational support such as homework; literacy; life skills training; Recreational activities; daily refreshments; food parcels for learners in need; school uniforms and health education.
''Once a month Food Forward SA gives food to the registered beneficiary organisations. Some of these organisations work with crèches, people with HIV/AIDS, as well as disabled children.'' she explained
The weekend of the 14th was the first time the organisation has gone out and asked the public to be a part of the food drive, it was done so that people can be aware of the organisation and what it does and so people can offer their time and donate if they wish. The public were asked to donate nonperishable food such as Rice; salt and many more food items that could go into storage.
'' The reason we are here this weekend is because it is close to Mandela Day and it is at these times when people are most generous both with their money and time, We are not looking to feed these people for just the 18th but we want to make everyday a Mandela Day.'' she explained
The organisation works in Partnership with Pick n Pay; Nestle; Coca Cola; Clover and many other companies to help end hunger in South Africa, they have branches in Cape Town; Johannesburg; Durban; Port Elizabeth; Rustenburg and Free State.