FoodShare has a national network, set up to address the problem of food insecurity using surplus food donated by partner wholesalers, retailers, and manufacturers. Given the large number of Beneficiary Organisations (BO) that require assistance, compared with the limited resources available to FoodShare, the following criteria was developed to ensure that the neediest and most credible organisations are assisted, thereby safeguarding that our support will reach the intended recipients – the food insecure poor. The criteria for assistance to BOs may be updated, reviewed and / or amended from time to time.

The Two Levels of Criteria

  1. Absolute requirements: Criteria which must be adhered to, in order to qualify for assistance from FoodShare.
  2. Preferential requirements: Criteria that is advantageous, but not essential.
  1. Compulsory Criteria
    The organisation requesting membership:
    • Must have a current registered NPO number and certificate.
    • The food we provide must not be used to make up food parcels to give to people to take home.
    • Must already be assisting 100 or more beneficiaries - unless the NPO is a permanent care facility, a shelter or an orphanage, rehabilitation centre, ECD, Seniors Club, or similar organisation.
    • Must have a Constitution and Governing Board. A list of all Board members and their contact details is required.
    • Must have a verifiable physical location from which it operates.
    • Must have an email address in the name of the organisation, and contactable telephone and cellular phone details.
    • Must have a bank account in the name of the organisation.
    • Must demonstrate that their financial position is such that it requires assistance from FoodShare.
    • Must be operating for at least 12 months from date of registration, and have a proven track record.
    • Must provide letters of endorsement from 3 credible community organisations from the area. One of these letters
    • Must be from a governmental source. E.g. Ward Councillor, local DSD office, etc.
    • Must have a daily feeding programme operating at least 4 days per week.
    • Must adhere to all statutory requirements in relation to food safety, health safety, hygiene etc.
    • Must keep proper daily records of their beneficiaries.
    • Must complete an annual survey sent by FoodShare, reporting on activities, beneficiaries assisted etc.
    • Must have the necessary equipment and utensils needed for the preparation of food, in relation to the beneficiary population served.
    • May not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, nationality, religion, political affiliation etc.
    • May not sell, exchange, or barter any donated food.
    • May not donate food received from FoodShare to any other person or organisation, unless permission has been granted by FoodShare in writing.
    • Must adhere to FoodShare’s Minimum Food Handling Requirements.
    • Must keep a proper file / record of all food received, including delivery notes, correspondence, BO fees paid etc.
    • Must attend ALL meetings when required to do so.
    • Must be willing to allow FoodShare to make unannounced visits to inspect its premises and records at any reasonable time.
    • Must also provide volunteers for FoodShare’s annual food drive.
    • Must sign FoodShare’s partnership Agreement.

  2. Preferential Criteria
    The organisation requesting support / membership will receive preference when:
    • It has Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) number.
    • It has been operating for more than 3 years.
    • It is situated in a poverty nodal area.
    • It is offering remedial, skills training, empowerment, income-generating or similar developmental programme.
    • It undertakes Social Enterprise activities.
    • It is offering programmes that offer self-sustainability and independence, and community ownership.
    • It has at least 5 permanent staff members.
    • It has a vehicle/s for the use of their operations.
    • It has specific indicators that monitor performance and progress and can demonstrate this.
    • It provides Annual Financial Statements by independent auditors or Three (3) months most recent Bank Statements.

Types of Beneficiary Organisations Assisted

  • Training / Skills Development Centres.
  • Disaster Relief Organisations.
  • Organisations assisting the unemployed.
  • Primary, Secondary Schools and Special-needs schools not receiving any government subsidy for nutrition.
  • Community-owned Early Childhood Development Centres / Community Crèches – awaiting registration with DSD, and serving 50 or more children.
  • Care Facilities / Centres:
    1. Orphans and vulnerable children
    2. Aged and Frail care facilities
    3. Disabled and Special-needs care facilities
    4. Rehabilitation Centres
    5. Nutrition Centres / Community Kitchens
    6. Abused / vulnerable women
    7. Care for the Homeless

Membership Status

Membership status is not guaranteed. FoodShare reserves the right to suspend or remove BOs and add new BOs at its own discretion.

If application is not completed in 3 weeks from start date of the application your application will be deleted and you will need to reapply.

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