On the 18th of July, the Nelson Mandela Foundation together with Imbumba Foundation and the Kolisi Foundation launched the #Each1Feed1 Digital Voucher to assist communities in the North West who are suffering from extreme poverty. The launch of the initiative was supported by Boxer Superstores and Pick ‘n Pay where ten beneficiaries from Potchefstroom Boxer Superstore demonstrated how the new voucher system works.
The system has been introduced as a delivery mechanism preferred to the physical food parcel system because of its flexibility and its prioritisation of beneficiaries’ agency and individual preferences. Physical deliveries will remain as an option in contexts where the voucher system won’t work. The Mandela foundation thanked everyone who made this day an opportunity to take #ActionAgainstPoverty.
A total of 2 000 #Each1Feed1 food packs were delivered, each one designed to support a family for approximately a month. Privileged communities in South Africa and in other countries used Mandela Day to distribute food and other basic provisions to those in need.
The Foundation was not alone in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day. The Deputy Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries Makhotso Sotyu handed over 250 eco-furniture school desks to Ladybrand and Manyatseng Primary Schools in Ladybrand, Free State.