Surplus food donation opportunities in South Africa

What are you doing with your surplus of food? Supermarkets and restaurants are inevitably going to have an excess of product that most likely ends up as waste at specific points in time.

What if you could alleviate hunger, save the environment as well as much-needed capital by diverting food to firms that will distribute it to where it’s needed? In 2018, the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF), introduced the “Surplus food from farms and firms onto forks” opportunity. The publication states, “Redirecting surplus food will also avoid the loss of significant amounts of energy, water and financial capital embedded in wasted food, and the greenhouse gases resulting from its decomposition at landfills.” You can be a part of literally enhancing the quality of the planet.

The benefits of investing in the eco-friendly opportunity

The following points are paraphrased from WWF’s publication. Food Forward (formerly FoodBank SA) was established in 2009 to address widespread hunger in South Africa.

Why you should invest


  • Food retailers and restaurants can generate an income by selling surplus food.
  • Benefit from tax-saving incentives from food donations.


  • Farmers and food firms can establish a social licence to operate and build a reciprocal relationship to benefit the population.
  • Gain marketing benefits.

Socio-economic welfare

Public health benefits

  • Donations of surplus food can supplement other initiatives to address hunger and malnutrition, which is an area of concern in South Africa, and the continent as a whole.
  • Due to the redistribution of resources. Donated food provides charities with the chance to direct financial resources to other areas where it’s needed.
  • Job creation opportunity: Enterprise development exists in food training, transportation, preparation, manufacturing, and retail.

Climate change benefits

  • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Did you know that the initiative has already prevented 17 400 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions? This includes savings from farm and retail production and distribution emissions and the waste emissions associated with disposal at a sanitary landfill.

Reasons retailers generate a food surplus

Food surpluses are produced principally due to, but not limited to the following factors.

  • Broken cold chain distribution management which will result in the high-quality pork products becoming spoiled.
  • Over-stocking: to keep their shelves fully stocked, retailers may market more of an item than they can sell.
  • Reaches ‘sell by’ or ‘best before’ date

Order wholesale pork meat products online

Please take a look at our online product enquiry platform All you need to do is fill in the webform (which you’ll find on each of the product pages) with your details and list your pork meat requirements. From there, our sales representatives will process your order and make sure it’s delivered to your business premises (or address specified on the webform) within the fixed time which can be found on our delivery policy below.

Delivery policy

Van Wyngaardt meat supplier’s delivery policy requires a minimum order amount R 8,000.00. (Only valid for outer Gauteng region). You may order between Monday to Thursday. If you order before 12:00, we will deliver the next day; if it’s after 12:00, we will deliver the next day.

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