Foodbank Foundation

Feeding the Hungry in South Africa

South Africa produces enough food to feed it's population yet 20% of South Africans are food insecure. FoodBank rescues food destined for landfill from food suppliers, supplements it with staple foods and distributes nutritional meals to 1,700 community based organisations in the townships.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2012 to 5:00 PM, 19 December 2012

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1140125)

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  • Disaster ReliefDisaster Relief
  • Poverty Alleviation/ReliefPoverty Alleviation/Relief




SA is falling behind in reaching most of its targets for the UN's MDGs and it is children who are suffering the most as a result of this, specifically in the areas of education, health and poverty alleviation, and, therefore, need urgent attention. In spite of the country’s reputation as a growing economy in a vibrant democracy, more than 40% of SA’s population live below the poverty line and 11 million people, many of them children, live without the fundamental security of regular meals.


FoodBank rescues food otherwise destined for landfill from food suppliers which is collected and delivered to the warehouse. The branding on the products is defaced in order to prevent reselling and the food is sorted and packaged. The nutritionally based food packages are then distributed to agencies in the townships. FoodBank currently provdes food for over 35,000 people each day with half its beneficiaries being children.