Durban, 21 July 2020: While aspects of daily life are returning to ‘normal’, the impacts of the Covid-19 lockdown will remain for a long time. We see this in the million or more jobs expected to be lost in coming months, and rising levels of hunger and malnutrition that will impact South Africa for decades – unless we can work together to change the way the story unfolds. The DO MORE FOUNDATION has already proven that this is possible by leading meaningful collaborative change in its three focus areas (early childhood development, youth and hunger alleviation) – and by rapidly galvanising its partners to provide over 5 million meals to vulnerable children and their families during the lockdown.

Last week, the DO MORE FOUNDATION enabled 1 million hot Rainbow Chicken meals to be donated to vulnerable communities in celebration of Mandela Day – showing the power of collaboration and how together we can DO MORE.

 Ms Mapule Rahlaga, Ms Kefilwe Musi and Ms Khensani Yende serving up some delicious hot Rainbow Chicken meals for the children of Soweto

“Partnerships and collaborations enable us to DO MORE than we could on our own, and this campaign was no different” says Farrer.

The DO MORE FOUNDATION partnered with 329 soup kitchens across all 9 provinces – including  organisations such as Meals on Wheels, Afrika Tikkun, Save the Children and the Department of Social Development – to provide the 1 million hot Rainbow chicken meals to the poorest of the poor, including young children. The DO MORE FOUNDATION’s founding partner, RCL FOODS, donated 100 tons of Rainbow Chicken to the cause, and other corporate partners like Mr Price, Phakisa, Ackermans, Barrows, Safety Max Online, Exquisit Online, PolyOak, Niya Consulting, JD Group, Eversheds Sutherland, Natural Holdings, Crown Spices, Flexoprint, Eatfresh, Globeflight, Golden Key, Vector Logistics, Brownie Points, Anchor Yeast, Kaytee Services, GE Fox and Buckman also put up their hands to help in a number of other ways. This included collecting PPE items to reopen ECD Centres as well as opening up volunteer opportunities to staff online (see more here)

Mandy Ncob (foster mother at LIV Village) receiving Rainbow Chicken for Mandela Day week from the DO MORE FOUNDATION. This is to be used for feeding 170 orphaned children at the village as well as vulnerable households in the surrounding community in Northern KZN

In the wise words on Nelson Mandela – “You can start changing our world for the better daily, no matter how small the action”. Help us #DoMore by visiting the DO MORE FOUNDATION website https://domore.org.za/ or follow the Foundation on social media to find out more: “domorefoundation”.

A VERY special thank you goes out to our amazing Mandela Day non-profit team who helped make 1 million meals in 6 days – listed below.

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