MASSMART CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST FOOD INSECURITY
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As part of an ongoing drive towards improving food security Massmart today donated a further 3 000kg of Max-a-Meal to the Johannesburg branch of the FoodBank programme, following similar donations made during 2009. The programme is part of the feeding schemes established by international NGO Global Foodbanking Network. Massmart has donated a total of 9 tons of Max-a-Meal to FoodBank during the past 18 months. This is in addition to the ongoing support that the Group provides to school feeding schemes
The donation will provide 36 000 individual meals to people in Pretoria, Tembisa, Alexandra, Soweto, Ivory Park and suburbs on the East and West Rand.
Massmart’s continued contribution to the Johannesburg FoodBank has benefitted a vast number of people who rely on the FoodBank as a source of sustainable nutrition. Grant Pattison, Massmart CEO, says: “At present food security is one of the biggest challenges facing the African continent and South Africa is vulnerable in this regard. Our continued support of the Johannesburg Foodbank supplements other feeding initiatives supported by our Group and forms part of our core CSI priorities.”
Jan van der Walt, executive Director of the Johannesburg FoodBank branch said: “The Massmart donation of 3000kg of Max-a-Meal will not only assist the FoodBank in their quest for more donated food, it will have a huge impact on the lives of food insecure individuals from communities living in the Greater Jo’burg Metro.”
Max-a-Meal is a highly nutritious legume-based supplement comprising samp, dried beans, barley, green peas, herbs and spices.