JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 18, 2021 / APO Group / –
To mark World Food Day celebrated annually on October 16 and in line with the efforts of the GE Foundation (www.GE.com/foundation) to address the economic and social implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation GE has announced a donation of USD 100,000 to provide immediate assistance to South African communities facing food insecurity. The donation will fund Food Forward SA (https://FoodForwardSA.org) and help provide more than 20,000 people with one meal per day for 12 months in the townships of Soweto and Alexandra, which have been among the hardest hit by the pandemic. In addition to the organization’s donation, GE employees can support relief efforts through its 1: 1 Matching Donation Program.
“The GE Foundation is proud to work with Food Forward SA and support South African families facing unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Linda Boff, GE Foundation President and Vice -President of GE.
“While health responses have been the center of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we recognize that meeting immediate physiological needs, such as providing stable access to food during this difficult time, is equally essential in the battle. against COVID-19, ”said Nyimpini Mabunda, president of GE Southern Africa. “Food Forward SA is a leader in the relief effort and its multi-pronged approach to tackling food insecurity through monthly distribution to approved local partner organizations, daily pickup sites at local outlets through its FoodShare digital food bank program and mobile repositories in hard-to-reach communities will provide thousands of people with access to food in the coming months, ”he added.
GE employees who make qualifying donations to FoodForward SA or other participating charities can register for a match with the GE Foundation’s Matching Gifts program, which supports personal philanthropy and employee charitable giving by providing a 1: 1 match. The GE Foundation created the concept of a corporate matching gift program in 1954. Today, the program continues to be an important part of the Foundation’s portfolio, with matching gifts in 2020 totaling $ 16.8 million. dollars.
Andy Du Plessis, Managing Director of FoodForward SA, said: “We are grateful for the generous contribution made by the GE Foundation and look forward to developing this partnership. This donation will help us reach out to vulnerable beneficiaries in Soweto and Alexandra in Gauteng. Without the support of partner companies such as GE, FoodForward SA would not be able to reach its network of 1,200 approved beneficiary organizations through which we collectively feed nearly 700,000 people per day.
Since the start of the pandemic, GE, together with its partners, has supported communities in South Africa. To date, over 7 million Rand of PPE and health equipment have been donated to 8 hospitals in Mpumalanga, Free State, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and Western Cape provinces. In addition, GE is currently building a community primary health care clinic at Botleng Ext. 6, Mpumalanga to meet growing demand and improve community access to quality health care. Upon completion scheduled for 2022, the clinic will provide a full primary health care service, including 24-hour emergency, COVID-19 testing, among others.
GE’s Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance Program responds to major global disasters and humanitarian crises, leveraging GE personnel, technology and other resources to reduce suffering and accelerate recovery . As of 2020, the GE Foundation’s philanthropic contribution to disaster relief has totaled nearly $ 5.4 million, which was largely focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, the GE Foundation donated $ 100,000 to relief efforts in Argentina and Peru, which are also experiencing a wave of COVID-19 infections. GE remains committed to preparing for and responding to future natural disasters and humanitarian crises, diligently maximizing the impact of our financial, technological and human resources.
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