FoodBank for Port Elizabeth

www.MyPE.co.za: Port
Elizabeth has been selected as a location for the establishment of an
official Foodbank which will play a significant role in feeding the
Metro’s estimated eight hundred thousand hungry.

Foodbank Port
Elizabeth would be the fourth FoodBank in South Africa. 
FoodBank South Africa has already established three FoodBanks in Cape
Town, Johannesburg and Durban, following an historic Memorandum of
Agreement between FoodBank South Africa and the national Ministries for
Social Development and Agriculture.

As part of an international movement, Global FoodBanking Network,
FoodBank South Africa hopes to introduce foodbanking to South Africa
through building 20 FoodBanks in South Africa by December 2011.

FoodBank Port Elizabeth Director Colin Fox said the FoodBank would
manage a massive warehouse and distribution system, through which
surplus quality food that is reaching is sell by date is collected,
prepared, packaged and distributed to numerous food relief agencies.

“The FoodBanks in other centres collect and distribute between 40 and
300 tons of food every month.  The aim is to turnaround 100
tons before year end in the Metro,” he said.

The FoodBank would be launched before the end of September this year
but Fox noted that much more work was still required.

“While the launch will signal that we have our legal and institutional
structures, including board in place, it does not mean that the
FoodBank will immediately be ready to distribute food.”

“We appeal to food manufacturers, food markets, food exporters,
importers, wholesalers, retailers and restaurants to contact us to
collect, repackage and distribute surplus, unused food to millions in
the Metro who do not know where their next meal will come from.”

Fox said FoodBank South Africa – a Section 21 Company – would require
support and assistance from the Metro’s business community from
logistics and packaging companies to chef trainers and kitchen
equipment.

Fox, who as a volunteer, established and operates the Robin Good
Initiative which distributes food, said the Food Bank was a response to
the “moral duty we have to feed the hungry in the most effective way
possible”.

The Foodbank National Board consists of several philanthropic business
figures including Crispin Sonn, as its Chairman.

The FoodBank SA model is a result of collaboration between the grocery
products industry, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and
government ministries to align programmes and resources in order to get
more food to more people.

MyPE Readers and organisations who wish to play a part in establishing
FoodBank Port Elizabeth through financial donations, food sourcing or
warehousing equipment and furnishings, can contact Colin Fox, of Foodbank
PE
, on Tel.: 041 582 2918, 082 337 2045 or email: colin[at]foodbankpe.org.

Eds Note:
Now this is an FB (FoodBank NOT FaceBook) that I have no hesitation in
promoting.

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