Since January this year, our Ekurhuleni Foodbank, run in partnership with the Department of Social Development, has distributed over 5 000 food parcels to 4 724 homes, reaching over 22 500 people.

Every month, our Food Bank team goes into the poorest of the poor areas, such as squatter camps and informal settlements, to identify households of high vulnerability. Child headed families, the elderly, people with various illnesses and those with disabilities are identified and profiled for support.

The Food Bank provides nutritionally balanced food parcels, vegetable packages, blankets, beds, cleaning materials and numerous other services to these people. Working with families and individuals, we identify at least one member of the household who is able to participate in some sort of training, employment or income generating opportunity. This agent of change is referred to a Food Bank network partner for further support, thus moving them from receiving a handout to a hand up.