SA Harvest, a food rescue organisation that has already delivered 40 000 meals to the homeless in Cape Town since its launch in November 2019, took to the roads before the lockdown to rescue pre-expired food from airline catering companies, restaurants, bakeries and delis who closed their doors and kitchens. The rescued food will be distributed to vulnerable people in Cape Town and Johannesburg, during the country’s lockdown.
The impact of the Coronavirus is deepening an already extreme food crisis in South Africa where 13 million people experience hunger every day. Homelessness and hunger are expected to increase rapidly over the lockdown period adding further disastrous implications. Statistics reveal that over 10 million tons of the food we produce already goes to waste annually – the cost of which to our country is in excess of R65 billion. These two irreconcilable realities were the motivation for the founding of SA Harvest.
Alan Browde, CEO of SA Harvest, said his team worked against the clock to collect and deliver 5 tons of food before the shutdown last night. The food will be stored hygienically and in fridges, and prepared and distributed from The Service Dining Rooms in Zonneblom, Cape Town, and the Phuthaditjhaba Centre in Alexandra, Johannesburg, from where they will be distributed to smaller facilities in the area for dispensing.
“At an average of 330 grams per serving, our aim was to get 15 000 nutritious meals collected yesterday, and with the help of our donors Vida e caffè, Pick ‘n Pay, Kauai, RCL Foods and Food Directions we were able to do just that,” he declared.
Browde adds, “We are mindful of the lockdown protocols in place regarding social distancing, sanitizing and hygiene – by disseminating the meals to smaller organisations for distribution we can cast our nets wider to safely supply nutritious meals to those in need. We remain committed to food rescue in South Africa despite the challenges the Coronavirus has presented us and the country!”
As an essential service provider SA Harvest will continue in their efforts to distribute food to the homeless and hungry during the 21-day lock down period.
Want to help? Visit www.saharvest.org to find out more.