Shoprite’s Grow Your Own Initiative Empowers Communities with Garden-in-a-Bucket Kits

Shoprite’s Grow Your Own Initiative Empowers Communities with Garden-in-a-Bucket Kits

Shoprite, a leading retailer in South Africa, has taken proactive steps to enhance food security by distributing garden-in-a-bucket kits to 300 families across various provinces in the country. This initiative, part of the retailer’s ongoing efforts, aims to empower communities to grow their own fresh produce at home.

Under the Grow Your Own project, community members living near Shoprite-supported food gardens receive garden kits along with training and tools necessary for cultivating their own food gardens. Each kit is carefully curated to include seedlings, seeds, and fertilizers, ensuring that families can sustainably grow enough fresh produce to meet their needs for at least a year.

Since the inception of the project, Shoprite has distributed over 4,000 kits to communities across South Africa, benefiting more than 16,000 individuals. Sanjeev Raghubir, Head of Sustainability and Corporate Social Investment (CSI) at the Shoprite Group, emphasized the commitment to building community resilience through initiatives like food gardens, which contribute significantly to addressing food security challenges.

The retailer’s Act For Change programme, focusing on hunger relief and food security, supports over 230 food gardens, covering an extensive area of over 4.5 million square meters and indirectly impacting over 61,000 beneficiaries.

The communities receiving the garden-in-a-bucket starter kits are located near various Shoprite-supported gardens, including the Davinon Hydroponics Project in Bosplaas, Moretele, North West; Dirang Batswana Greenery Project in Koster, North West; Mthimkhulu Community Development Programme in Kleinmond, Western Cape; Realeboga Bakubung Training and Development Agency in Thaba Nchu, Free State; Sibonile Agricultural Co-operative in Acornhoek, Mpumalanga; and Winnie Mabaso Foundation in Ennerdale, Gauteng.

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