In 2015 The Foschini Group’s Caledon factory invited GTT to help them set up a soup kitchen in Caledon. A sum of money was contributed towards this and an identical sum was allocated to the swop shops in Caledon and Genadendal. The management of The Foschini Group visited Greyton and were escorted around the swop shops and other Greyton projects by Marshall Rinquest. After that visit, Marshall was invited to the TFG head office in Cape Town to make a presentation. As a result Foschini want to be more involved with GTT and we are looking forward to working with them.
Thanks to a visit from the Premier’s Food Forward team to Greyton in the same year, we were introduced to Food Bank and, after a successful application, were given a monthly collection of high end waste, called swell, from supermarkets, farmers and other retailers. Food Bank is a central clearing house for this waste and we were delighted to receive it as an on-going supply of product is essential to the success of the swop shop programme.
With this support the viability of our two swop shops was assured and, after successful applications for increased support to both Foschini and Food Bank we were able to open two more, in Greyton and in Riviersondend. It is a constant challenge to source swell although millions of rands of perfectly edible food gets thrown away every month throughout South Africa and we aim to make the swop shops even more sustainable in the future by inviting the beneficiaries to support community vegetable gardens.