The Dignity Table initiative is an effort to address the youth hunger problem in cities. Urbanization leads young people from rural communities to migrate to cities seeking better economic, academic and social opportunities. This threatens the socio-economic condition of urban communities, local governments are under-equipped to manage the crises created by this overpopulation, as is evidenced by the unemployment, poverty and inequality levels in SA.

The initiative works with the small business community in cities, leveraging their proximity to society, to make meals available to those most in need. Youth, whether in employment or studying full-time, are vulnerable to hunger. About thirty-percent of students in tertiary experience food hunger, which has an impact on their academic progress and economic prosperity; thus threatening to increase the future strain on social welfare.

We need to work collectively to address this problem, through innovative and cost-efficient solutions that tackle other issues such as food waste. Through the initiative we collect left over foods for communities, raise funds to buy meals and offer free meals to those who need the most.

Working together

Restaurants can participate in the initiative in a number of ways, listed below. Each restaurant can choose which method (s) applies best to their operational setup and the period they wish to participate in the programme for. These methods can be applied simultaneously.

Working together

Restaurants can participate in the initiative in a number of ways, listed below. Each restaurant can choose which method (s) applies best to their operational setup and the period they wish to participate in the programme for. These methods can be applied simultaneously.

Dedicated Table

A table is dressed in branding of the initiative, for patrons and beneficiaries to identify. The table offers one specific meal from the menu. The meal is loaded with the Almal Code for data purposes. Patrons can sponsor the next meal by adding it to their bill.

Off-Peak

Meals are available to beneficiaries during off-peak times (early in the morning, late in the night or during weekends only). The meal is loaded with the Almal Code for data purposes. Patrons can sponsor the next meal by adding it to their bill.

Zero Waste

Restaurants who generate a great deal of left-overs and food nearing its use-by date can donate it towards our partner organizations near them. The food is collected and prepared for those in need, locally.

How It Works
How It Works Diagram

Thereafter, the beneficiary receives a voucher code which they must present at the restaurant. This voucher is also emailed to the restaurant, and can be redeemed only once.

  • Beneficiaries are limited to one meal per day and three meals per week, regardless of the restaurant they apply for.
  • Each month, restaurants receive a statement of meals provided and a tax benefit certificate of the same value.
  • Donated food, however, receives a statement reflecting the value which they purchased the food for therefore receipts must be sent to Almal to verify the cost thereof.
  • Restaurants set limits of how many meals they can donate per month.

Compensation

Restaurants are compensated by Almal Foundation by way of a tax-benefit certificate which offsets tax liability for the restaurant. Store patrons can also donate meals by paying for a ‘next meal’ as part of their bill.