In a desperate effort to tackle food injustice, FoodForward SA has launched a petition to eradicate hunger through the introduction of a food donation policy. The food redistribution organization says South Africa is “one of the few countries” that does not have a policy in place to govern safe food donations.
FoodForward SA’s appeal follows a recent survey by the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa in which 76% of respondents said they would donate food if the government provided official guidance on food laws. food security related to food donations.
The draft food donation policy recommends that food surpluses be recovered and reused to combat widespread food insecurity in the country. Through a network of 2,750 beneficiary organizations, FoodForward SA says it already provides surplus food to more than 950,000 vulnerable people in deprived communities.
The nonprofit’s chief executive, Andy du Plessis, says there is a perception that leftover food is expired or inedible food. However, this is not true. Surplus food is generated due to various supply chain factors such as overproduction, overordering, and off-specification food products.
While it may not be good enough to sell, it’s still good enough to eat – food that could be redirected or repurposed for those in need.
“A food donation policy will enable us to recover more quality and timely surplus food from farmers, post-harvest handlers, manufacturers and retailers. Once we collect this surplus, we can redistribute the food to improve food security at the household level and hopefully end malnutrition. »
Proposed Policy Changes
The FoodForward SA Food Petition calls for the Food Act to be amended to include policies regarding food safety for food donations. It also calls for changes to the regulations on food date labeling.
In addition, a policy framework should be created to protect the liability of food donors and food redistribution organizations. Tax incentives should also be provided for food donors and government subsidies to food redistribution organizations tackling large-scale food insecurity.
With the introduction of a clear food donation policy, FoodForward SA believes that more supply chain representatives will be encouraged to donate their excess food, instead of throwing away or incinerating that good food.
“I would like to encourage all South Africans to sign our petition. We cannot end hunger alone. Solving our food security crisis is in everyone’s interest. It’s time for all of us to join forces and end hunger once and for all,” concludes Du Plessis.
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