FoodForward SA was established in 2009, and is currently the largest food redistribution organisation in South Africa.

The organisation’s primary goal was to address widespread hunger in South Africa, where more than 14 million people go hungry every day. They do this by connecting “ a world of excess to a world of need by recovering quality edible surplus food from the consumer goods supply chain and distributing it to community organisations that collectively serve over 250,000 people per day.”

FoodForward SA partners with NPOs throughout South Africa to distribute “good quality, edible surplus food”. These NPOs then receive food monthly, and distribute within their communities. The food is sourced from “retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers, farmers and growers” throughout South Africa. Further, through their digital platform (FoodShare), they connect their beneficiary organisations directly with retail stores and food outlets. 

FFSA launched their Mobile Rural Depot (MRD) program in June 2019, which sought to address the issue of equitably distributing food to rural areas, not only urban areas. Foodbanking, and other initiatives, often overlook rural areas and… The result is that nutritious food is accessible to the most vulnerable people. MRDs are strategically set up in rural communities where there are high incidences of malnutrition and food insecurity. Since 2019, five MRDs have been established in vulnerable communities. The MRD model uses trucks to deliver food to central, rural depots who then distribute to beneficiary organisations in the area. Further, the trucks proceed to the farmers in the surrounding area and collect agricultural surplus produce and bring this to the warehouse (their Second Harvest programme). In this way, the trucks never run empty. 

Lancaster Foundation made a donation to assist FoodForward SA, by supporting their MRD initiative in buying a refrigerated trailer that serves their beneficiaries in Limpopo and Mpumalanga via Johannesburg, reaching 21 beneficiary organisations. The purchase of the trailer was used to unlock 32 127 meals. 

As an organisation, they have been able to provide 20 million meals by September 2020 and they are growing in impact, gaining support from farmers and expanding into food processing raw ingredients.”

Lancaster Foundation is delighted to work with FoodForward SA. You can find out more about their great work here –