Retailer brings fight against hunger to its doorstep
16 May 2018 | Web Article Number: ME20189898
COMMUNITY food gardens are gearing up to sell their vegetables at selected Checkers stores on Friday (18 May) to raise awareness ahead of World Hunger Day (28 May).
It is the second time that community food gardens will be selling their excess crops at the retailer’s stores across South Africa.
Lydia Hlophe from Yenzanathi Community Upliftment Programme in Pinetown said she looked forward to the interaction with a broader customer base. “Last year the customers were so happy to see us and some even took pictures with us. We were able to share our organisation's story and talk to them about how they can help. Afterwards many even took the time to visit us at our garden's monthly market day,” she said.
The money generated by sales will go towards supporting the children who normally benefit from the Yenzanathi programme. “Many of the children we work with live in child-headed homes and all the money raised through this initiative will go towards helping them. Every customer can help and their support will be greatly appreciated,” Hlope said.
Another second time participant is the Suthani Community Garden from Alexandra, Johannesburg. “We’re very excited about this opportunity as it is a great way for us to market our garden,” said Kenneth Sibiya.
He is one of the four pensioners who started Suthani (Isizulu for “well fed”). With support from Shoprite, the garden now grows enough vegetables to sell to the local community. “In addition to buying our vegetables, we also invite members of the public to visit our garden, which we are very proud of,” Sibiya added.
In the Eastern Cape the Empumelelweni project in the Amothole District’s Goshen Village will participate for the very first time. “We are so excited and look forward to selling our vegetables at the Checkers in Queenstown. Our vegetables are delicious and of the highest quality,” said the project’s Mxolisi Mankunti.
In addition to partnering with sustainable food gardens, the Shoprite Group also makes surplus food from its stores available to verified non-profit organisations whilst its fleet of Mobile Soup Kitchens enables the Group to respond to immediate needs in vulnerable communities.