Pictured: Chairman and co-founder of Chefs with Compassion: Arnold Tanzer and Ismail Ismail: MD of Compass Insure with J Something, lead singer of Mi Casa and celebrity foodie, who is one of the many kitchen stars that have dedicated their time to the Chefs with Compassion effort.

The next 18 months of Chefs with Compassion’s operations have been covered thanks to the sponsorship of specialist insurance company Compass Insure. Since its inception in April 2020, the voluntary organisation has served more than 1.5 million meals to food vulnerable people.

In the process, they’ve rescued more than 470 tonnes of food and served 1 382 632 meals. Nothing goes to waste – 30.24 tonnes or 6.43% of ingredients that are not fit for human consumption has been sent to community-driven pig farmers.

This incredible achievement has only been possible with a volunteer network of chefs and caterers, who’ve made sure that more than 30 beneficiary organisations receive nutritious meals. Chefs with Compassion was originally housed at the HTA School of Culinary Art for the first 5 months of lockdown but has now moved to a ‘sharehouse’ space near the Joburg Fresh Produce Market in City Deep. Overhead costs such as rent, utilities, logistics, reimbursement for volunteer transport costs, and a sharehouse manager, have naturally increased.

“The partnership with Compass Insure enables the sustainability of the operation, allowing us to continue our mission of rescuing food and feeding those most in need. We are deeply grateful to Compass Insure for the confidence they have placed in our relatively young organisation,” says Arnold Tanzer, chairman of the board of Chefs with Compassion.

In South Africa, over 10 million tonnes of food goes to waste every year, while more than 16 million people go hungry each day. Through its food rescue partner Nosh Food Rescue NPC, Chefs with Compassion collects a significant amount of fit-for-consumption surplus produce that would end up in landfill, or incinerated. These raw ingredients are then cooked and distributed to the needy through the Chefs with Compassion volunteer network.

“The intent of Chefs with Compassion, which is to achieve both food sustainability and feed the hungry, resonates with us. It is a simple concept that achieves significant results on an ongoing basis. We hope that our support will help the organisation deepen its roots and that we can create some exciting initiatives to boost the amazing work already done by a team of passionate and committed people. Our goal is simple – to help Chefs with Compassion cook many more meals,” comments Ismail Ismail, MD of Compass Insure.

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