Food commodity prices in general have risen sharply over the past year. This has unquestionably been aggravated by the COVID-19 Pandemic. As a result, the cost to provide a learner affected by poverty with daily breakfasts and lunches for a year has now marginally increased from R450 to R495. This increase is predicated on a per capita rise from R2.50 to R2.75, to feed a learner for a day.
A number of factors have played a role in the increase of our feeding costs. These include:
- Produce such as rice could not be imported during the various lockdowns. This led to shortages across a range of products.
- The increase in the cost of fuel
- Legislative amendments such as the recent announcement of new minimum wages have also increased cost pressures.
PSFA is proud of the fact that we have for over the past four years, diligently managed to keep the cost of feeding a child at a minimal cost of only R450 for a year, despite many pressures including inflation.
We trust that you will understand our situation and will continue to support the unique work to which we are devoted, which is to feed hungry school children.