Food Flow: The initiative that’s helping both farmers and families in need

Thursday, April 16th, 2020
by Nikita Buxton


Following the news that the country would be on an extended period of lockdown, we wanted to highlight incredible local initiatives that are creating ways to help our industry.

In this uncertain time, South Africa’s farms continue to grow produce and food even though, as we know, most restaurants they supply have closed their doors – and their kitchens – indefinitely.

This is where Food Flow comes in. The initiative, which kicked off in the Western Cape in March amidst earlier stages of the COVID-19 crisis, has been making a positive food flow shift in the industry by providing produce to those who need it most during these unprecedented times and, in turn, continue to keep the small-scale farms in business.

 

 

After starting in the Western Cape, the Food Flow team has been hard at work with farmers and experts across the country. They’ve announced that, through a partnership with Sustaining the Wild Coast, they will be supporting the Amadiba farmers – a group of four villages and farmers at the very north end of the Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape to continue their work throughout lockdown.

How does it all work? Headed up by farmer Iming Lin (formerly a public health professional) and social and economic development consultant Ashley Newell, Food Flow offers the opportunity for anyone to donate by means of purchasing a bag of produce. This will provide fresh, nutritious food to a family in communities facing food insecurity, all while supporting local small-scale farms. A food bag costs R128.

You can read up on Food Flow’s FAQs here, or head to foodflowza.com to purchase a bag now.

 

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