Reports show that during the peak of the country’s national lockdown of which was implemented because of Coronavirus, two out of every five adults said their household had lost its primary income source – and almost half had run out of money to buy food during April.
To address the matter, the Shoprite Group has worked to increase food security for the country’s most vulnerable. The group has allocated over R53m in surplus food donations to organisations who have a huge task of helping those who are in dire need of food.
So far, 327 organisations have received surplus food donations from Shoprite and Checkers supermarkets, which include fresh fruit, vegetables and general groceries. The grocery chain group also decided to increase its fleet of Mobile Soup Kitchens from 19 to 26. By mid-September 2020, the Shoprite Mobile Soup Kitchens had served more than two million since the start of lockdown.
“The looming hunger crisis is greatly concerning, and we will continue to work hard to share surplus food and to ensure that those most in need in South Africa can access healthy and nutritious meals,” said the group’s CSI manager, Lunga Schoeman.
The Shoprite group is also vetting grassroots beneficiary organisations around the country, including residential places for older persons and orphanages and building direct relationships between them and nearby stores.
In partnership with its customers, the group also raises money via its Act For Change Fund till-point donation facility. The fund allows shoppers to donate in any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave nationally and the money collected goes to vetted beneficiary organisations involved in Covid-19 relief efforts in the province.