In collaboration with FoodForward South Africa, the Philippi Economic Development Initiative (PEDI) and Ladles of Love South African, UCook has launched its new Food Fund to help feed South Africans who are in need during the lockdown. For every meal kit purchased, UCook will donate a portion of sales to the fund.
“The economic fallout caused by the lockdown is affecting both farmers and suppliers, and while the food system tries to right itself, the people who will be most affected by the lockdown are those experiencing homelessness and those who can no longer afford to find a meal. This initiative will enable the three partners to reach a dramatically higher number of people in need of food, “said David Torr, CEO of UCook.
The fund will drive the efforts of Pedi, Ladles of Love and UCook’s nutritious food parcel programme, which ensures that people in need receive packs of fresh vegetables and essential foods. According to Paul Stöhrer, Pedi’s Programme Manager said, “The partnership between UCook, Ladles of Love and Pedi is like a family. We’re committed to working as one for the benefit of the people who need help”.In addition, the fund will further assist FoodForward SA to distribute surplus food from the supply chain to people in need.