Community based food programmes | Western Cape Government

Community based food programmes

Community members feeding the hungry.

Food and nutrition affect the long-term wellbeing of our communities and our children. Although being a basic human right, hundreds of people are forced to skip meals or eat the same meal for more than one day.

We’re consistently working to improve the food security in our province. Each year, over 457 000 learners at 1 028 schools and 65 000 children at early childhood development facilities are fed.

More than 20 000 vulnerable children and adults in the province receive specialised nutritional supplements to improve their health. Support has been provided to 103 community food gardens, 33 school food gardens, and 1 356 household food gardens for communities to grow their own food.

The Department of Social Development, through their Sustainable Livelihoods: Targeted feeding programme works closely with a number of registered non-profit organisations (NPOs) throughout the province to provide food for those experiencing malnutrition and hunger.

Fighting hunger together

For those living in extreme poverty, hunger is a daily battle. But they don't have to fight it alone.

Together, we can make the difference in the life of a hungry person by donating to, volunteering at or raising funds for NPO’s that feeds the hungry. This way we can ensure that everyone in the Western Cape has access to safe, healthy and nutritious food. 

Get involved – feed a hungry child Communities working together to feed the hungry.

There are many local NPOs that reduce malnutrition and hunger by delivering warm meals to the underprivileged across the province.

FoodForward SA - is a registered NPO that connects a world of excess to a world of need by using edible surplus food from manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers. They use this food to provide hundreds of meals daily to people who desperately need it.

FoodForward SA and Pick n Pay are partnering to unite the nation around Mandela Day, with the goal of raising 1,000,000 meals in July. The national food drive will help stock FoodForward SA’s warehouses across the country with staple foods during winter, ensuring that the 600 beneficiary organisations they serve can continue to provide warm meals to the 250,000 people they feed every day.

Start a food drive

Are you interested to help but not sure where to start? Food drives are easy and a fun way to help someone in need. Get your friends and family involved by either collecting or preparing food items to donate to a local shelter or NPO.

Just remember to collect only non-perishable food with your food drive.

Donate and fill a hungry tummy

Help to feed a hungry person this winter by joining hands with these NPOs by donating non-perishables, money or your time and make a difference in someone’s life. 

The content on this page was last updated on 30 October 2018