Foodbanking Platform - Feeding people through networks

By creating links between NPO's and food retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers we are able to use surplus food to feed the hungry.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

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  • English

Organization name

FoodForward South Africa

Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Established (the solution has passed the previous stages and demonstrated success)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $100k - $250k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • More than 100,000

Organization type

  • Nonprofit, NGO, or citizen sector

Secondary Focus Area

  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • South Africa

Headquarters location: City

Cape Town

Location(s) of impact

National, incl Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Rustenburg and Bloemfontein


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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

Currently, one third of the food we produce goes to waste, while 14 million people experience hunger on a daily basis. The challenge is that it the cost of collecting smaller quantities of food or food in rural areas and redistributig this to NPOs is prohibitive. However, if we are able to link those in need with sources of surplus food then we can feed more people with only a small increase in our expenses.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

The FoodBanking Platform allows us to electronically manage smaller food donations, inform our beneficiaries that they can collect this food and reports on the tonnage. It allows us to manage this system in a cost effective way while increaseing our access to surplus food exponentially. The Foodbanking Platform allows us to communicate with our beneficiaries who dont have smart phones, at no cost to them and will also provide real time reports to our donors. The real value in this network lies in the potential to reach those living in rural areas who are under- serviced by organisation operating in the food security sector. Anywhere we have a partner store operating we are able to run our food rescue programme. Other benefits include faster turnaround times as food does not need to go through our warehouses which results in less food going to waste. Also, we are able to save on operating costs such as fuel, warehousing costs and vehicle maintenance.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

Currently on a monthly basis we are access an average of 154 100 kg of food through this platform with 129 stores on the programme. We expect that we could reasonably increase the number stores by 250 stores a year. This means potentially the following Year 1 of the expansion: 379 stores = 452 743 kg of food per month / 5 432 920 kg of food per 12 months which translates into over 21 million meals. More than we are providing through our entire operations currently. Year 2 of the expansion: 629 stores = 751 026 kg per month / 9 012 312 kg over 12 months which translates into 36 049 248 meals Year 3 of the expansion: 879 stores = 1 049 526 kg per month / 12 594 312 kg over 12 months which translates into 50 377 248 meals The numbers show that the virtual foodbanking platform has the potential to increase our tonnage exponentially in just three years. FoodForward SA assists 600 NGO’s across the country. 85% of these organisations are involved in education, skills development.

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

1. 3% 2. 2% 3. 60% 4. 20% 5. 15% Many of our food donors donate food to us which is considered waste but is still edible and has not expired. This is food that they would otherwise have needed to destroy at a substantial cost. Therefore, they have show a willingness to support this project financially as ultimately it is a cost saving exercise for them.

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

The Foodbanking Platform allows us to make use of food that would otherwise be going to waste, having a negativeimpact on the environment. Through the use of technology we expect to triple our tonnage of food rescued before it gets to landfill. Which means that we can expect to triple the number of meals we provided in 2016 to 43 500 000 meals, and as the food is donated to us we are able to provide enough food for a meal at just USD0,06.

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

In order to bring down our operating costs FoodForward SA had to decline smaller collections of food. When we started to realise the potentail tonnage of this food we decided to find a way to access it.

Where did you hear about the Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize?

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Dear Kate,

I just went through your application and really liked your idea. Your project is a needed initiative for vulnerable communities. The idea in this project is very original and your effort is very genuine. Keep up the good work.

May I request some of your time to also evaluate the initiative constructed by our team because it lies in page three and up to now poor attention was received. To find the application, you will have to Select ‘‘PHASE> Prize entry’’. On the right section of page, under the heading ‘‘FOCUS AREAS’’ click on "WATER". Go to Page 3> Click "Evaluate" on application titled "Turning the tables for Temiar tribe of Malaysia". I would also appreciate if you either applaud us or leave a comment on our page if you deem us worthy.

Thank you very much.

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