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Walmart Foundation shows support for the 94 + SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA

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Massmart-Walmart announced today that the Walmart Foundation has donated 100 fully equipped mobile kitchens to the 94+ SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA, for use in under-resourced schools. The project, a partnership between the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the Nelson Mandela Foundation, aims to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to
children, in at least 94 Schools across South Africa, through improvements in their school infrastructure. Over eight million learners are fed daily in South Africa and approximately 15 435 Nutrition Centres need to be developed, at schools, to support the National Schools Nutritional Programme. The container kitchens, donated by the Walmart Foundation, will be installed at schools that currently participate in the Schools Nutritional Programme. Although a minimum of 94 schools will benefit, Walmart aims to deliver at least 100 mobile kitchens. This reinforces Walmart’s commitment to making meaningful contributions, to South African society, and building constructive partnerships with the South African government. The donation
will supplement Game’s AmaLunchbox campaign, an initiative to provide fully equipped container kitchens to under-resourced schools.

It includes the conversion of containers in to fully equipped and operational kitchens that are then delivered to, and installed at, the participating schools. Commenting, Don Frieson, Massmart-Walmart’s Chief Integration Officer, said: “Walmart has consistently said that its entry into South Africa would deliver benefits that go beyond consumer benefits. This contribution of 100 mobile kitchens, in schools identified by the Department of Basic Education, is one example of this commitment. We are delighted to be able to participate in the
Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Foundation’s 94+ SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA” Commenting today, at a presentation at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Angie Motshekga,
Minister of Basic Education, said, “Through the 94+ SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA initiative we wish to give hope and dignity to our children, by improving their learning environment.”
Game Stores (owned by Massmart-Walmart) first launched a container kitchen programme, in partnership with the Department of Education, in early 2008, distributing mobile kitchens to schools listed on the National Schools Nutrition Programme and graded in Quintile Levels 1, 2 or 3, meaning they represent amongst the most under-resourced schools. Each kitchen is equipped with a gas burner; a double bowl sink; cupboards; stainless steel counters; shelving; cooking pots; cooking utensils; and enough mugs; plates; knives; forks; and spoons for every child.

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