By Amy Grundling
Despite economic sectors reopening as lockdown regulations becomes less restrictive, many South Africans have been retrenched or do not receive any income. Food insecurity has, therefore, increased significantly over the past few months. In responses to the food security crisis brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, many non-profitable organisations have stepped in to provide food for many hungry South Africans.
One of the success stories is Chefs with Compassion, which is an initiative based on the collaboration between NOSH Food Rescue NPC (NOSH), the South African Chefs Association (SA Chefs), Slow Food International, the Slow Food Chefs Alliance SA, and Strategic Public Relations. More than 328,177 meals have already been served over five cities, with the help of local farmers, fresh fruit markets, retail stores and individual donations.
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The growing food security crisis have motivated may organisations to develop innovative ideas to help people in need. The Food-ATM was developed by CFAM Technologies to provide food in the form of an instant ready-to-eat porridge. The ready-to-eat porridge is processed from locally produced agricultural products and is fortified with additional vitamins and minerals to assist the dietary needs of the consumer. Other benefits include no additional cooking is needed, affordable relief foods can be supplied to large number of people daily, and the simplification of food distribution.
Local Support is Needed
We would like to encourage you to support your local community. There are many feeding schemes at churches and other community organisations that are in need of voluntary work, food donations and financial support.
South Africa's food security crisis is unlikely to improve, despite, the increase in economic activity. It is therefore important the each one of us support our fellow South Africans. The positive impact of Chefs with Compassion and CFAM Technologies are examples of how one organisation can have a positive ripple effect on an entire community.