Before Covid-19 14 million South Africans went to bed hungry each day. After Covid that number has risen to 30 million.
85% of those are children.
One in four South African children is so chronically malnourished that they are classified as stunted.
This means that those children are prone to suffer ill health, hypertension, diabetes and are likely to become obese later in life due to the permanent damage to their metabolic systems.
As bad as this is, there is worse:
In a country where access to food is a constitutional right, 7,500 children under the age of five die annually - not because of the long-term effects of malnutrition on their immune systems – but as a direct result of hunger.
That is one child every hour 365 days a year - literally starving to death!
And yet a third of all food produced in South Africa is wasted or ends up on landfills.
SOUL FOOD is the primary project of the Soul Provider Trust and its purpose is simply to feed the starving – with particular focus on students and school children.
Experience has revealed that it is almost impossible for young adults and children to learn anything or engage in extra-curricula activities like sport when they are desperately hungry.
Essentially SOUL FOOD is a logistics operation. We collect surplus food from farms, hotels, restaurants, entertainment venues, food manufacturers, supermarkets and stores.
We then deliver this food to hundreds of schools (and in the holidays to orphanages, shelters, old age homes and places of refuge).
Every day, the SOUL FOOD project feeds about 50,000 school children, orphans, pensioners and abused women, the destitute, sick and terminally ill.
This is currently 15 million meals a year or 1,36 million a month.
Soul Food Support Office and Distribution Centres:
East Rand (Hillbrow, Berea, Bertrams, Kensington, Boksburg, Brakpan, Springs)
Sedibeng (Soweto, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging, Eikenhof, Meyerton, Orange Farm, Munsieville, Three Rivers, Evaton, Walkerville)
Tshwane (Alexandra, Midrand, Centurion, Diepsloot, Mamelodi, Tembisa, Pretoria, Attridgeville)
Makhanda (Grahamstown, Cookhouse, Bongweni, Makhabhushi, Cradock, Somerset East)
Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth, Hankey, Loerie, Addo, Thornhill)
George (Blanco, Thembalethu, Lawaaikamp, Rosemore, Conville, Parkdene, Pacaltsdorp, Kleinkrantz, Wildnerness, Mossel Bay, Knysna)
Cape Town (Kayamandi, Mitchell’s Plein, Belhar, Grassy Park, Lotus River, Pelican Park, Westbank, Delft, Kuils River, Eerste Rivier, Elsie’s River, Manenburg, Heideveld, Bishop Lavis)
|Beneficiaries||Daily Meals||Annual Meals||Percentage|
|School Feeding Schemes||33 575||9 952 500||66,35%|
|Creches & Orphanages||5 445||1 633 500||10,89%|
|Hospitals/Clinics||3 100||930 000||6,20%|
|Old Age Homes||3 985||1 195 500||7,97%|
|Shelters||2 390||717 000||4,78%|
|Other||1 905||571 500||3,81%|
|Total||50 000||15 000 000||100,00%|
|Males||7 050 000||47,00%|
|Females||7 950 000||53,00%|
|Disabled||2 700 000||18,00%|
|African||12 097 500||80,65%|
|Coloured||1 305 000||8,70%|
|White||1 170 000||7,80%|