As a response to the increased levels of food insecurity as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, the Kolisi Foundation partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Imbumba Foundation to create the #Each1Feed1 initiative…
Initially, this initiative sought to provide underprivileged families with food relief for at least three months. However, the Kolisi Foundation has partnered with Zelda la Grange, former private secretary to Nelson Mandela, to create a Mandela Day-specific #Each1Feed1 drive.
The dire need among underprivileged communities has increased with the arrival of COVID-19. “A lot of people are going hungry. In fact, there were a lot before the pandemic, but with people being cut from work and without a job, they can’t even get the little bit of food they used to have every day,” says Siya Kolisi.
As a coastal town with an economy built for tourism, Hermanus has been particularly hard-hit.
Having identified this town as being in desperate need of relief, Zelda la Grange named Hermanus as the beneficiary. She explains, “the community rallied for three months to feed more than 13 000 people who arrive at food kitchens daily with empty eyes and starving stomachs. But as time passed, relief started drying up. Hermanus is on its knees and ordinary households, the municipality, local businesses, and people who make a living here cannot continue to carry the burden on their own.”
Together, Zelda and the Kolisi Foundation supported beneficiaries in around Hermanus with 650 food parcels as part of the #Each1Feed1 drive for Mandela Day. These parcels are strategically designed to provide food support to a family of six people for one month and include fruit, vegetables, cleaning products, masks, StartWell cereal, sanitary pads, and other grocery items.
“We believe it is a great way to honour Madiba’s memory, doing something that he would be proud of and would have been a part of himself,” adds Rachel Kolisi.