A couple of weeks ago as part of our Good News weekly feature, we spoke to MD of Food Forward SA, Andy du Plessis, about the great work they do. Unfortunately, they’ve also been hit by the coronavirus situation…

In light of the extensive and pervasive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across all sectors of the national landscape, FoodForward South Africa is launching a special COVID-19 appeal for financial contributions, non-perishable food items, and logistics equipment in order to reach the most vulnerable groups across the country.

The pandemic will further exacerbate the food security crisis, and the lack of safe nutritious food for vulnerable and marginalised people will render their immune systems weak, resulting in the rapid spread of the virus amongst people in low-income communities.

While South Africa prepares for a 21-day lock-down, we are enhancing our ability to provide essential food provisions (surplus and procured) to our most vulnerable beneficiary organisations. These include facilities and centres for the aged, orphans and vulnerable children, people living with HIV/AIDs, disabled persons, the homeless, as well as vulnerable women. The COVID-19 appeal will also enable us to extend our network to provinces we are not currently reaching, including Limpopo, Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape Province.

Andy joins us on the line…

As a nation we are all affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Historically our donors and partners have been generous and supportive during difficult economic times, and for this we are sincerely grateful.

In the inspiring words of our President, Cyril Ramaphosa, “We are a nation of one and we are surely going to prevail.” In these extraordinary times, we are called to take extraordinary measures to ensure that we support and protect those that are unable to help themselves. If you have not already done so, we urge you to consider making a special donation to FoodForward SA, to help us reach the most vulnerable.