COVID-19 Response: Food Relief Initiative
We’re so grateful to everyone who has given generously towards our emergency food relief efforts since the Covid-19 pandemic began. Together, we have raised over R441,500 for beneficiaries most impacted by the virus.
Since 2020, these funds have been used to distribute monthly food vouchers to:
- 136 Work Readiness graduates (96 in 2020, 40 in 2021),
- 48 moms who have been through antenatal and postnatal groups,
- 38 food-insecure families identified by our staff, and
- 47 food-insecure families identified by our partner schools.
In addition, donations provided:
- A school feeding scheme top up for 200 families to receive meals five days a week (not twice).
- R30,000 towards the Zoe Project and Fix Forward’s support of pregnant foreign nationals
- R58,000 to the Rise Against Hunger feeding campaign.
Many of the people whom we serve through our programmes did not have the means to provide essential nutrition for their households during the national COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020 and 2021. While Common Good is not a relief agency, we are committed to journeying with our beneficiaries and recognised that during this season we were in a position to help meet real and immediate physical needs.
We set up a temporary relief fund, where 100% of donations received were used to purchase food vouchers. These were distributed to at-risk households with whom Common Good has a direct relationship: work readiness students and graduates, learners in our collaboration schools, moms from our ante- and postnatal groups, and local pastors in Common Ground’s church strengthening partnership.
We put mechanisms in place to ensure that voucher distribution was done in a transparent and credible manner. Please note that the emergency Food Relief project was over and above the ongoing work we continued to do in our early life, education and