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Civil society rallies to feed flood victims

An impressive list of South African civil society organisations has rallied to provide food parcels and emergency relief to the huge number of people affected by the recent floods in KwaZulu-Natal. They often pool resources to make their contributions more effective.

The outreach is being led by HOPE worldwide SA and the DO MORE Foundation, collaborating closely with the Gift of the Givers, Food Forward, SA Harvest and the Kolisi Foundation.

One of those involved on the corporate side is the fast food company KFC, which has collected and added to R2 donations from its customers. Working through its Add Hope foundation, KFC has mobilised more than 1,2 million meals to affected areas, including to children at centres that were destroyed or rendered inaccessible by the floods.

Since it was founded in 2019, SA Harvest has delivered the equivalent of 20 million meals by rescuing food that would otherwise have gone to waste. And it’s appealing for more help in the KZN relief effort.

“We are calling on large manufacturers in the food industry, as well as logistics companies, to assist us in getting food and essentials such as blankets, clothing, toiletries, baby food, nappies and pet food to people who are in such unthinkably desperate need,” said founder and CEO Alan Browde.