It is almost impossible to think of education, restoration or any other holistic approach to a community without first ensuring the people have food to eat. Hence this is a key focus area for HEF.
The long-term goal is fully sustainable food security programmes for the communities. There will be many food distributions and handouts, but the focus must be on a sustainable solution over the long term.
Grow your own food (GYOF)
A joint HEF and ABBA (community agricultural development company) initiative with a vision for households to become food secure & self-sustaining from a nutritional point of view by creating environmentally friendly and sustainable community gardens that give birth to home gardens and thereby addressing food security, poverty, hunger, malnutrition, ECD and in general, the upliftment of communities.
Our current 2 bakeries are located in Newclare, Gauteng and Elsies River, Western Province with plans for more bakeries in other communities. These bakeries ensure a constant supply of bread for community soup kitchens, breakfast and lunches for school-going children and food for the poor.
In line with our vision to holistically empower communities, we hope to have some of our bakeries self-sustaining. This provides job opportunities, skills development and encourages entrepreneurship. With this approach, some of the bread is sold, although at a highly discounted rates, to the community at large. With plans to expand to other baked goods like bread rolls, pies etc.
Our mission is to help communities with self-sustaining solutions to food security. However, there will always be the need to provide immediate aid in the form of maize, vegetables and food hampers.
Covid-19 has had a devastating impact on the livelihood of so many people in our country and in particular the poor and less fortunate. This devastation has not ended, in fact, with millions losing their jobs, it has worsened.
Covid-19 pandemic response
HEF responded immediately to assist in helping those who did not have the means to help themselves during the country lock down announced in April 2020.
Areas of operation:
Gauteng: Newclare, West Rand and Rand West. North West: Bapong and surrounding rural villages up to Uitkyk. Western Province: Elsies River and Bloekombos.
Assistance was provided for the poor, single mothers and widows with children, orphans and the aged who live in impoverished communities.
In 2020, with the help of partners and donations, HEF provided over 85 tons of maize meal, 7,500 food hampers, 9,000 hand sanitisers, 125,800 hot meals, 6 tons of blankets and clothes. Our “Grow your own food” program was launched during the lockdown period by planting over 1,000 organic vegetable gardens reaping 100 tons of vegetables which created a constant supply of food for impoverished communities.