SOUTH AFRICA – Woolworths, South Africa’s leading retailer, has announced the extension of its partnership with FoodForward SA (FFSA) for an additional three years.

The retail giant has committed R3.45 million (USD 187,138) to support FFSA’s vital work in providing food to vulnerable communities.

Woolworths has been a dedicated partner of FFSA for the past six years, contributing over R6 million (USD 325,458) to help expand the organization’s operations.

This extended partnership ensures that surplus food from Woolworths’ stores will continue to be donated to charities across South Africa via FFSA’s innovative virtual foodbanking program.

This program is managed by the FoodShare digital platform, which serves a network of 2,500 vetted beneficiary organizations, supporting 920,000 individuals with daily access to nutritious food.

In the last financial year, FFSA recovered and distributed 21,760 tons of food, with 14,160 tons coming from Woolworths’ contributions through the FoodShare platform.

This massive donation equates to 56.6 million meals, greatly aiding FFSA in lowering their cost per meal from R0.56 to R0.47. Additionally, Woolworths’ contributions have saved 73,632 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, showcasing the environmental benefits of this partnership.

Zinzi Mgolodela, Woolworths Director of Corporate Affairs, expressed enthusiasm for the extended partnership: “We welcome the opportunity to continue our partnership with FFSA. They support our Inclusive Justice Initiative’s vision to ‘leave no one behind’ and share our ZEROHunger2030 vision.”

Over the last 15 years, they have significantly expanded their reach and impact, making remarkable strides toward a South Africa with no hunger.”

FFSA plays a crucial role in alleviating hunger, reducing food loss and waste, and positively impacting the environment. The organization also focuses on upskilling youth to ensure food security in the food value chain for future generations.

With Woolworths’ funding, FFSA launched a supply chain internship program in 2019, targeting unemployed youth.

This six-month program covers warehousing, stock management, and logistics, with a mix of practical and academic training.

Andy Du Plessis, Managing Director of FFSA, expressed his gratitude for Woolworths’ continued support: “We value and are very appreciative of our partnership with Woolworths. They believe in us and our business model”

“Through their surplus food donations and funding, we have been able to elevate our operations to a national level, reaching 920,000 vulnerable beneficiaries with daily access to quality food. We look forward to continuing this growth over the next three years and beyond.”

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