The thriving vegetable garden of the Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba project in Botshabelo has received a major boost from the Shoprite Group. Workers from the garden, which provides meals for about 100 beneficiaries, received training. Kgaugelo is a community project that includes a feeding scheme, aftercare and youth and skills development programmes. The project was established in 2013 and the first seed was planted in 2014.The food retailer also got involved with training and capacitating the community members to manufacture various products such as creams, tinctures and essential oils using medicinal herbs. The retailer’s implementation partner, Food & Trees for Africa, facilitated various workshops aimed at enabling members to increase the yield of the vegetable garden. Training also entailed the marketing and selling of products to generate much-needed income for the Kgaugelo project.“In a country where 14 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from, Free State community garden Kgaugelo Ya Sechaba’s partnership with Shoprite continues to make a sustainable contribution towards fighting hunger,” says Adele Lambrechts, spokesperson of the Shoprite Group.The centre now also collects surplus food from Shoprite’s Botshabelo supermarket, while children who benefit from this community initiative get a nutritious meal daily from the Lunchbox Fund.“Support for Kgaugelo is part of Shoprite’s Hunger Relief strategy, a pillar of it’s commitment to #ActForChange in the communities in which it operates,” says Lambrechts.