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Massmart continues drive to improve food security

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Since 2009 Massmart has donated 15tons of Max-a-Meal to FoodBank South Africa
Massmart has reiterated its support for the FoodBank programme, following delivery of 3000kg of Max-a-Meal*, a highly nutritious legume-based supplement, to FoodBank South Africa (FBSA). This is Massmart’s fifth donation to the programme, which aims to address issues of hunger and malnutrition in South Africa. A regular contributor to Food Bank since its launch in South Africa in 2009, Massmart has donated a total of 15tons of Max-a-Meal, the equivalent of 180 000 individual meals, to FBSA. Grant Pattison, Massmart CEO, said:
“There are thousands of people in South Africa who rely on Food Bank for their basic nutrition and these numbers are growing every day. This is a really worthwhile initiative and one we’re proud to support.” The
donation to the Johannesburg hub will provide another 36 000 individual meals to people in Pretoria, Tembisa, Alexandra, Soweto, Ivory Park and suburbs on the East and West Rand. According to Mpho Putu, Regional General Manager of FoodBank South Africa, volumes of donated food have come down this year owing to the tough global economic climate. FBSA is currently sourcing just under 400 tons of food a month, which is far short of the target of 2800 tons. 2 “Hunger is a major obstacle to social and economic development in South Africa and we cannot ignore the levels of poverty and food insecurity. We are proud
of the partnership with Massmart and these donations have allowed FoodBank the opportunity to continue to make an impact in our communities,” he concluded.
*Max-a-Meal is a legume–based supplement comprising samp, dried beans, barley, green peas, herbs and spices.
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