The country of South Africa is home to approximately 55 million* people. Did you know that, according to UNICEF, an estimated 3.7 million of that population is orphaned children – about half of whom have lost one or both parents to AIDS, and 150,000 of whom are believed to be living in child-headed households?
These distressing numbers are the reason Cargill’s employees in South Africa have partnered with Africa Food for Thought, a non-profit organization that aims to provide nutrition to school children in order to promote concentration and learning, for the past four years.
|In a light-hearted competition to see which team could work the fastest, Cargill employees in Johannesburg packed 130 parcels of food, which Africa Food for Thought distributed to orphaned, vulnerable and child-headed families in local informal settlements.|
On World Food Day 2016, the Cargill team in Johannesburg again pulled the office together to pack 130 parcels of food filled with non-perishable items such as jelly powder, cans of vegetables, pasta, pilchards, sweets, biscuits and soup mixes. They set up the project in the office canteen and had a light-hearted competition to see which team could pack their parcels the fastest. The parcels were then distributed by Africa Food for Thought to orphaned, vulnerable and child-headed families in local informal settlements.
*According to the latest census data.
Published November 9, 2016