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ClemenGold International, a globally recognised mandarin brand rooted in South Africa on 2 June, announced a partnership with SA Harvest, a registered NPO and leading food rescue and hunger relief organisation, whereby 1,000 tonnes of citrus will be donated during the 2023 citrus season

image003 The SA Harvest Durban team receiving the bounty of fruit before distributing it to food vulnerable communities. (Image source: SA Harvest)

The first 68 tonnes have been dispatched from the Twypack packhouse (Nelspruit) to receiving communities in Durban. In an attempt to reduce food wastage and hunger in South Africa, SA Harvest drives initiatives such as these to help divert surplus food from farms, manufacturers, and retailers to those in need.

Annually, ClemenGold distributes more than four million pieces of citrus to around 160,000 beneficiaries at crèches, old age homes, hospitals, schools and other non-profit institutions in areas where nutrition is a daily challenge. According to Adéle Ackermann, marketing manager for ClemenGold International, the company's limited ability to handle the logistics of such actions makes their collaboration with SA Harvest important, since it enables them to have an even bigger impact and reach areas beyond their immediate surroundings. 

"Delivering nutritious food is a cornerstone of SA Harvest’s philosophy. We believe that every South African deserves not just access to food, but access to nutritious food," explained Alan Browde, CEO and founder of SA Harvest. "Food-insecure communities often face significant barriers to accessing nutritious food, resulting in issues such as starch-excess obesity, malnourishment, and various diet-related health conditions. Through our network of vetted beneficiary organisations, including ECD centres, soup kitchens, old age facilities, and community outreach programmes, this donation of citrus fruit will directly impact and nourish individuals in these communities who need it most, particularly children."

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