Thousands are already benefiting from Shoprite’s starter garden boxes

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As part of the Shoprite Group’s continued efforts to guarantee greater food security, this retailer has given starter garden boxes to 300 households in the North West, the Free State, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape.

Under the retailer’s Grow Your Own initiative, residents who live near food gardens supported by Shoprite can get these garden boxes. These kits include the equipment and instructions needed to start their own food gardens at home.

Each kit contains enough seedlings, seeds and fertilizer to grow enough fresh produce for a family of four for at least a year.

So far, Shoprite has distributed more than 4,000 garden boxes to South Africans nationwide, benefiting more than 16,000 people.

According to Sanjeev Raghubir, head of sustainability and social investment at the Shoprite group, this retailer is committed to building resilience in the communities where they do business.

“Food gardens ensure that vulnerable communities are more adaptable. This is one of the many initiatives we have introduced to help improve food security nationwide,” says Raghubir.

The Act For Change program focuses primarily on hunger relief and food security. The retailer is supported by more than 230 food gardens covering more than 4.5 million m² and having a direct impact on 61,064 start-ups.