Massmart donates three tons of Nutri Meal to FoodBank SA
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Massmart donated 3 tons of Nutri Meal, a nutrient fortified instant porridge, to the Durban-based FoodBank SA on 2 November. This most recent donation forms part of Massmart’s regular contributions to FoodBank SA, which opened in 2009. To date Massmart has made donations to FoodBank SA amounting to 24 000kgs. The Nutri Meal will be delivered to the Durban-based FoodBank in Briardene, which distributes food to around 300 community-based organisations. The community organisations are then able to carry out the very important work of feeding their communities and allowing schoolchildren to learn on full stomachs.
Nutri Meal is a highly nutritious and enriched instant porridge. It requires no cooking and only water for preparation. Nutri Meal is available for both children and adults. It contains extruded and exfoliated maize, micronised soy protein, sucrose, vitamins and minerals with a natural vanilla flavourant. Grant Pattison, CEO of Massmart, said: “This donation underlines Massmart’s commitment to provide food for the needy in South Africa. We know it is very difficult, if not impossible, to teach a hungry child and so have focused on feeding schemes that tackle the root causes of the issues affecting education in South Africa, such as malnutrition amongst learners.”
FoodBank SA forms part of the feeding schemes established by the international NGO Global FoodBanking Network and currently supplies food to more than 1 700 NGOs, throughout South Africa.
These organisations are typically community-based NGOs such as crèches and edu-care centres. Since opening in 2009, FoodBank SA has donated an estimated 43 million meals. Mo Kajee, Managing Director of FoodBank SA, said, “We are once again pleased to receive a food donation from Massmart. This is the first time that we will be receiving True Life products, such as Nutri
Meal and based on the nutritional value we know it will make a difference in the lives of malnourished beneficiaries.”
With over 20% of South Africa’s population food insecure, Massmart remains committed to feeding initiatives in South Africa, like Game’s Amalunchbox project, that aim to address the issues affecting the development of our country.
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FoodBank was established in 2009 by merging existing hunger relief schemes to benefit from synergies and economies of scale and to eliminate competition for resources. The organisation is supported by most leading food suppliers in SA, it has been accredited as South Africa’s national food banking network and is a member of the Global FoodBanking Network. Its Food Rescue Programme rescues thousands of tons of food each year which would otherwise have ended up in landfills and so FoodBank won the “Waste Minimisation Award” in the 2012 Climate Change Leadership Awards. FoodBank SA has urban food banks based in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Polokwane and Rustenburg. Food banking is practiced as a cost effective solution to hunger in over 20 countries globally.