Walmart Foundation begins rollout of 100 mobile kitchens as part of 94+ SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA
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The Walmart Foundation will participate in the 67 minutes for Madiba initiative by ‘cutting the ribbon’ at the launch of the first AmaLunchbox kitchen at Nelson Mandela’s former boarding
school, Clarkebury Senior Secondary School, in the Eastern Cape. In April this year, the Walmart Foundation announced that it would donate 100 mobile kitchens to the 94+ SCHOOLS PROJECT FOR MADIBA”, in partnership with the Department of Basic Education. The project aims to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by giving hope and dignity to children in at least 94 schools across South Africa through improvements in their school infrastructure.
The Walmart Foundation contribution forms part of Game Stores AmaLunchbox initiative, launched in 2008, to provide fully equipped container kitchens to under-resourced schools. The donation reinforces Walmart’s commitment to making a meaningful contribution to South African society and also building constructive partnerships with the South African government. Commenting on the day, Jay Porter, Walmart Integration Executive said: “Thank you for allowing The Walmart Foundation to participate in celebrating a great man and continue to support Tata’s legacy of kindness and community empowerment.” Massmart’s Game Stores first launched a container kitchen programme in partnership with the Department of Education, in early 2008, distributing mobile kitchens to some of the country’s most under-resourced schools. Since 2008 Game has rolled out 100 AmaLunchbox kitchens.
Massmart Chief Executive, Grant Pattison said: “From the outset Walmart has wanted to make a contribution to the development of South African society that goes beyond operating retail stores and quickly identified the Game Stores AmaLunchbox container kitchen programme as a vehicle for making a broader social impact. It’s fantastic that we have been able to start the rollout of the project on Madiba’s birthday.”
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, said: “Through Madiba we learnt that education is the most powerful tool. We have joined forces with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and our partners that are here to celebrate what Madiba cherishes most, children. Whilst we were targeting 94 schools we were able to exceed this! Walmart gave us 100 kitchens. The kitchens are a brilliant concept that addresses some of our immediate needs.” Each kitchen is fitted with a gas burner, a double bowl sink, cupboards, stainless steel counters, shelving, cooking pots, cooking utensils and enough mugs, plates, knives, forks and spoons for every child.
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