The Pick n Pay and FoodForward SA 2018 Mandela Day Food Drive collected 132 tonnes of food or the equivalent of 528,000 meals since its launch on 13 July 2018; the final donation figures are expected to be available by 20 July 2018. The drive encouraged customers to donate non-perishable food items in any of the 500 participating Pick n Pay stores nationwide. Customers could also make a cash donation at the till point, or volunteer their time to engage and educate shoppers about the food drive.
More than 6,000 volunteers participated in the six packing events across the country and over eight hours, they had donated 67 minutes of their time to sort the donated items into food parcels. These meals will be distributed to FoodForward SA's 600 beneficiary organisations which range from support groups, old age homes and schools to shelters and youth or skills development programmes.