Q: How severe is the malnutrition problem in the world?
A: According to UNICEF, ”Every day, on average more than 26,000 children under the age of five die around the world, mostly from preventable causes…In up to half of under-five deaths an underlying cause is under-nutrition, which deprives a young child’s body and mind of the nutrients needed for growth and development.” (State of the World’s Children 2008) If only a small percentage of the population was willing to contribute two meals per day, millions of lives could be saved.
Q: Explain to me how the SHARE! project works.
A: Any entity can list their excess food on the system. This food can then be picked up by a volunteer for delivery to one of our registered non-profits for distribution.
Q: Who does these donated foods go to?
A: We only distribute food to entities that are registered with the government as a legal non-profit organization.
Q: Who are the volunteers?
A: Anyone can sign-up to become a volunteer. Volunteers’ meal deliveries gets tracked and displayed on their profiles.
Q: What are the benefits of a corporate entity taking part in the initiative?
A: Corporate entities can save food from going to waste, and display their score and thus social responsibility on their profile or website.
Q: How can a corporate company that is not in the food industry get involved?
A: Our group deliveries are very popular. Employees can volunteer together as a team building exercise and experience the gratification of helping others.
Q: Tell me more about the meals bought if I make a cash donation.
A: Each meal is a nutrient-dense porridge like food containing 25 vitamins and minerals that is designed to provide a nourishing meal. These meals are much more balanced than the maize meals often donated.
Q: Who does these meals go to?
A: Meals are distributed through schools, churches, health and woman’s clinics as well as other non profit organizations.
Q: Is Feed Africa registered with the government?
A: Yes. Feed Africa is seeking registration from South Africa’s director of non profit organizations and the application is pending.
Q: How does Feed Africa select the charities that receive its products and confirm that meal donations reach children in need?
A: Feed Africa only partners with organizations that have a demonstrated ability to work effectively with local governments and to get food to those with real needs. Through “report back” agreements with its humanitarian relief partners, the company helps to ensure that the food donated is delivered to those in need. To see a summary where the meal donations were sent quarterly, please send us an email.
Q: How does your recurring donations work?
A: The program is intended to provide consistent food donations to help agencies feed children on a sustainable basis. Participants authorize us to charge a credit card monthly for purchases of these meals that are then distributed through our charity partners. Participants can cancel at any time and can ask for a refund within 30 days.
Q: Can donors designate where their donations will be distributed?
A: Charity partners own and control the meals donated to them and ensure that the proper personnel and infrastructure exist for distribution. It would not be feasible or responsible for them to send small quantities of food to every destination indicated by donors.
Q: Are donations tax deduction?
A: Once we receive approval from the director of non profit organizations, donations will be tax deductible.