Christ Culture (117 – 256 NPO) is a new registered non -profit organisation with a food bank project that serves communities in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. Our application with SARS is currently in progress to be recognized as a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO). According to SARS and Section 18A of the Income Tax Act No 58 of 1962, donations to Public Benefit Organisations can be claimed back from SARS. These donations are limited to 10% of your Taxable Income after rebates have been deducted and include pension and retirement annuities but excludes medical rebates.
Christ Culture’s goal is to alleviate hunger firstly in the Western Cape Province and then to the rest of South Africa by soliciting, collecting, growing, and packaging food for distribution through a network of service agencies and programs that serve our target population groups. Our services include food hampers distribution, emergency food programs, and helping communities set up food gardens. Christ Culture will raise support from individual donors, charitable organizations and corporate sponsorship.
Approximately 1 out 7 families in South Africa goes to bed hungry. Our client base is low-income people (as well those affected by the recession), mainly families, who need emergency help to put food on the table. Nearly half of those served by the program are children. Christ Culture will operate its program from a warehouse facility where we store donated or rescued food for distribution. The program actively solicits food from individuals, local food growers, retailers, wholesalers, and processors. In addition, Christ Culture collect food donations from restaurants for immediate distribution to service programs.
It is estimated that the number of children who need services from Christ Culture Food Bank will increase during the next five years. The Western Cape is growing and a number of new families are entering the area to look for employment. A number of programs exist to help transition these new families into the province. Christ Culture is an important resource to these programs because we can respond quickly with the one of the most important resources these families need. Food! Our services improves the ability of families to care for children and achieve goals of self-sufficiency. Christ Culture’s Food Bank services, now, are a small investment in comparison to cost of ignoring the problem of hunger in the province and the influence it has on a number of health and crime issues.