Cape Town - In a bid to support local communities currently battling with food security, retail giant Shoprite donated more than 200 garden-in-a-box starter kits to families in Langa and Paarl.
Shoprite said it wanted to assist and support families living in disadvantaged communities across the country, by providing them with essential gardening starter kits and tools to equip families to establish their household gardens.
Shoprite Group sustainability manager Sanjeev Raghubir said: “As Africa's largest food retailer, the Shoprite Group has a robust hunger-relief programme in place and supports more than 145 food gardens and 1 100 home-based gardens across all nine provinces in South Africa.
“This initiative enables families to grow their own, nutritious food for at least 12 months, and it’s one of many initiatives we have in place to address food security at a household level,” said Raghubir.
Recipients of the starter kits received biodegradable seed tapes and fertiliser sticks, enough to produce a bounty of herbs and vegetables to feed a family of four for a year. The beneficiaries also underwent gardening and training workshops and seminars to ensure the success of their gardens.
A recipient from Langa, Xhanti Ndabula, said: “I am very happy to receive this kit from Shoprite. It will help my family to grow our fresh produce. I’m also excited to share what I learned with others.”
Over the next few weeks, Shoprite will continue donating and distributing more of its home-based gardens, moving into communities in Vredendal, Worcester, Hopetown, De Aar and Vhembe.