Singer and songwriter, Jeremy Loops recently launched a food drive by providing meals to disadvantaged South Africans who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Initially, the drive was set out to raise R100,000 to provide 10,000 meals, but they managed to triple their target and raised R300,000 in 24 hours. Led by Loops, The Big Food drive has seen hundreds of fundraisers from around the world pledge their donations on a site dedicated to the initiative.
Now the aim is to raise R700,000 and through the use of a carefully thought-out food network consisting of food producers, delivery vehicles, volunteers, warehousing depots and soup kitchens, TBFD will distribute 70,000 meals to communities in need during the lockdown. Food items sourced by the drive will be cleaned and quarantined to ensure health safety as the country continues to tackle the coronavirus.
“Given our country’s history of colonialism and apartheid causing an unequal society, and with lockdown triggering one of the biggest food crises this generation, I’ve been thinking long and hard on how I and many others can help put a plate of food on the table for those in need. Together with partner NGOs, Muizenberg CAN and community volunteers, we’ve launched The Big Food Drive to provide as many meals as possible to South Africans during Covid-19 lockdown,” said Loops.