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What is a Food Bank?
A non-profit, charitable organisation that distributes food to those who are in need. Non-perishable in-date food and household supplies are donated by the public at a range of places, such as schools, churches and business, as well as supermarket collection points. It is then sorted into emergency food parcels by volunteers, to be given to people in need as highlighted by our Community Liaisons: Care professionals such as health visitors, schools and social workers identify people in crisis and refer them to our liaison offer at our food bank for prioritization – in particular the elderly and children in neighbouring communities as around 753 000 children went hungry in KZN alone according to the 2019 Child Gauge – two to four times higher than any other province (an annual publication for tracking children health in South Africa).
As a nation, we don’t expect anyone to be left hungry or destitute. Illness, disability, family breakdown or the loss of a job can happen to any of us. Our purpose is to provide the best possible emergency food to people locked into poverty, to react to the needs of our upper Highway community, to provide help and support to local people in crisis.
To use our food bank network to help people break free from poverty by providing additional support to help people resolve the crises that they face.
The Food bank relies on the support of local communities to help stop hunger.