SA HARVEST GARDEN ROUTE BRANCH TO DELIVER 100 000 MEALS A MONTH
As part of its expansion plan to enable greater geographical reach, food rescue organisation SA Harvest has opened its fourth branch in George, Western Cape. It currently operates in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and now George. Since its launch two years ago, the NPO has delivered over 12 million meals to food vulnerable communities, by rescuing over 3,6 million kg of food. This equates to more than 15 000 meals every day.
The new George branch has a team of five, headed by Carl van Blerk, newly appointed operations manager of SA Harvest Garden Route. It has an initial target of delivering 100 000 meals a month, which will scale up to 150 000 within the first 12 months. The branch covers the entire Garden Route, Klein Karoo and Central Karoo, including the municipalities of Hessequa, Mossel Bay, Kannaland, Oudtshoorn, George, Knysna, Bitou, Beaufort West, Laingsburg and Prince Albert.
Apart from food rescue, additional sustainability initiatives by the Garden Route branch will include a strong focus on fortified foods to combat malnutrition, and community gardening programmes.
Alan Browde, CEO of SA Harvest, says the Eastern Cape has always been on the organisation’s radar as one of the most depleted regions in South Africa, where hunger and malnutrition are huge concerns.