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CSDA study shows TBF breakfast initiative contributes to socio-economic development

Programmes that aim to look after the nutritional wellbeing of learners as their core mandate have a far-reaching and significant impact that goes beyond just filling empty stomachs. One such programme is the Tiger Brands Foundation’s (TBF) in-school breakfast programme. Now in its sixth year, the programme recently served the 50-millionth meal.


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Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast programme serves 50 millionth meal

More than five years ago, Tiger Brands Foundation’s in-school breakfast programme started serving a nutritious breakfast meal to learners in no-fee paying schools. The Foundation today will mark the serving of its 50 millionth meal, says Eugene Absolom, director of Tiger Brands Foundation. The programme, a public private partnership with the Department of Basic Education,…

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Principal’s Conference

The second Tiger Brands Foundation Principals Conference was held at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg from 4 – 6 April 2017. The conference – themed Hungry Children Cannot Learn; Healthy Children Change the World – was attended by 87 principals from beneficiary schools around the country, panelists and other stakeholders of the Foundation who gained some…

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School principal’s conference to highlight the role of nutrition in the classroom

Just under 100 principals from some of the country’s under-resourced primary schools are meeting this week to discuss the urgent need for learners to receive better nutrition. The link between healthy food and sharper brains is well established, yet every day millions of learners go to school on an empty stomach, says Eugene Absolom, Director…

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Tiger Brands Foundation gives hungry pupils a roaring start

When children are too hungry to concentrate on their school work, the chances of them getting anything out of their education are slim. Hundreds of thousands of children in SA receive little food at home and rely on a state-funded lunch at school for their main nourishment of the day. An appalling 21% of all…

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The Tiger Brands Foundation supports more than 60 000 learners..

The Tiger Brands Foundation, whose primary focus is taking nutrition and nutrition education to the country’s most under-resourced schools, supports more than 60 000 learners in 83 non-fee paying schools across all nine provinces with a nutritious breakfast meal every day.



School children who receive a nutritious lunchtime meal are less likely to be overweight…

Schoolchildren who receive a nutritious lunchtime meal are less likely to be overweight or suffer from childhood obesity. And those who receive both breakfast and lunch are three times less likely to suffer this fate.



Tiger Brands Foundation will hand over a R450000 kitchen to Seithati Intermediate School in Botshabelo

As part of celebrating National Nutrition Week, Tiger Brands Foundation will hand over a R450000 kitchen to Seithati Intermediate School in Botshabelo tomorrow for being named the best Nutrition Schools National Programme in the country.



As part of celebrating National Nutrition Week, Tiger Brands Foundation will hand over…

As part of celebrating National Nutrition Week, Tiger Brands Foundation will hand over a R450000 kitchen to Seithati Intermediate School in Botshabelo tomorrow for being named the best Nutrition Schools National Programme in the country. Among those attending will be education MEC Tate Makgoe.



It was joy and excitement for pupils of Seithati Intermediate Primary School..

It was joy and excitement for pupils of Seithati Intermediate Primary School when Tiger Brands Foundation donated a R450000 fully furnished kitchen. The handover was held on Tuesday at Seithati Intermediate primary school based in H-Section in Botshabelo outside Bloemfontein.



Public Private Partnership between the Department of Basic Education, the Tiger Brands Foundation and Nungu Distribution

The Tiger Brands Foundation has announced that it, in partnership with Nungu Distribution, will be adopting a new school into the in-school breakfast programme. The RekgonneBapo Special School in Brits, North West will be the first special needs school to be included in the programme. This announcement is set to tie in with the International…

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Public Private Partnership between the Departments of Basic Education, the Tiger Brands Foundation and Sishen Solar Facility

Launch of In-School Breakfast Programme at Deben Primary School The Department of Basic Education, the Tiger Brands Foundation and Sishen Solar Facility will today celebrate the launch of the in-school feeding breakfast programme in Northern Cape Province. Deben Primary School was established by mining companies operating in the area who responded to a request by Nelson…

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Jungle Oats Heritage Day

The Tiger Brands Foundation celebrates the Jungle Oats heritage through it’s In- School Breakfast Feeding Programme Every year on 24 September, South Africans recognize and celebrate the cultural wealth of the country in what has become known as Heritage Day. This year The Tiger Brands Foundation pays special tribute to Jungle Oats, which has been…

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Adequate nutrition a priority for Tiger Brands Foundation

For the Tiger Brands Foundation, ensuring that South African children receive adequate nutrition is a top priority. It is for just this reason that nutrition and nutrition education have been introduced as a new focus area of the Foundation, and why Eugene Absolom has been selected as the director to drive the work the Tiger…

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Tiger Brands alleviates food insecurity by distributing school holiday food parcels

For Meqheleng Primary School On 19 June 2015 Tiger Brands CSI distributed food parcels to non-fee paying schools as part of the Tiger Brands Foundation in-school breakfast feeding initiative in the Free State province. This is done in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, as part of the company’s commitment to alleviating food insecurity in…

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Over 13 400 learners and their families well nourished this Festive Season

In December 2014 over 13 400 learners and their families in Mpumalanga, Limpopo, KwaZulu-Natal and the North West started their Festive Season with food parcels filled with nutritious products from Tiger Brands and the Department of Basic Education. The school holidays food parcel distribution project, which is now in its second year, is an important…

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20 million breakfasts served…

Thursday 16 October 2014 was World Food Day; an important day bringing awareness to the ever increasing food insecurity around the world. South Africa is no exception. The Tiger Brands Foundation contributes to our vulnerable learners by providing an in-school breakfast feeding programme in non-fee paying schools. We celebrated World Food Day with our own…

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Nourishing young growing minds is more than food…

Following on the success of the first ‘Stakeholders’ Forum’ in August 2013, the Department of Basic Education together with The Foundation hosted a varied selection of blue chip companies in South Africa. This second ‘Stakeholders’ Forum’ was held in the auditorium of the DBE national office in Pretoria on Monday 15 September 2014. The forum…

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Understanding the complexity of a PPP…

Limpopo is the northernmost province in South Africa and home to just over 5.4 million people. It is a region diverse in its landscape – real bushveld wilderness, majestic mountains, indigenous forests and vast areas of farmland. Visitors and tourists have the opportunity to experience wonderful contrasts in this area. It has also been a…

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Food Security: Not Simply a Matter of Access to Food

In this article, the FirstRand Foundation shares its research findings collated from a desktop survey and several case studies on food security programmes in South Africa In its fourth CSI That Works breakfast on 25 June 2014 in Johannesburg, FirstRand Foundation shared its research findings collated from a desktop survey and several case studies on…

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Engaging government in CSI projects

At Trialogue’s Making CSI Matter 2014 conference, held on 3 and 4 June in Johannesburg, Neo Rakwena, project manager of the National School Nutrition Programme at the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and Kelvin Glen, director of Tiger Brands Foundation (TBF) presented a case study on the successful PPP feeding scheme and the lessons learnt.…

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Mutual respect inspires great team work…

The 3 schools in Kabokweni (Mpumalanga) face similar challenges to most of our schools on the in-school breakfast feeding programme yet, there is a wonderful spirit amongst learners and educators. There is a sense of order and discipline which is very evident in every classroom in this area. Zacharia Sibuyi, our Project Coordinator in Mpumalanga…

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Breakfast does more than fill an empty tummy…

The Midlands Meander/Drakensberg area is renowned in South Africa for its tranquillity, untouched beauty and charming tourist attractions. It offers visitors a peaceful escape from the madness of city life. For the residents of this area life is exigent as a result of several factors; high levels of unemployment, the impact of HIV/AIDS has lead…

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Project coordinators are a key thread to a successful programme…

In January 2013, the Foundation employed a Project Coordinator (PCO) in each province where the in-school breakfast programme has been implemented. The PCO’s are the conduit between the schools, the Department of Basic Education (at a provincial and district level) and the Foundation. Their mandate is to liaise daily with each of the schools in…

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Keeping up high standards…

McKay’s Nek Junior Secondary School in Lady Frere, Eastern Cape has almost 350 learners from Grade R to Grade 9. During our recent trip to the schools (see more under Our Schools), we were able to spend some time with Mr Matoti, Principal at Mckay’s Nek JSS. Recent heavy rain had almost washed away the…

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Recognising excellence…

The Tiger Brands Foundation supports the Department of Basic Education – National Schools Nutrition Programme in the annual NSNP Best School and Best District Awards. The competition is open to all non-fee paying schools. It was created to award those schools and districts who successfully follow the NSNP guidelines, show creativity, innovation and excellence in…

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Adding more value than just breakfast…

In March 2014, our school road trip took us to Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape to spend more personal time with the principals gaining insight into their environment, challenges and communities (read more about the Eastern Cape schools in Our Schools). Visiting Emazimeni Junior Secondary School was a rewarding experience. This small rural school…

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“Oom” and the Farm School…

Our journey in the Western Cape extended from Ashton to Oudtshoorn where our programme began in January 2013 at Vlakteplaas UCC Primary School (see more under Our Schools). This little farm school sits atop a hill off a rocky dirt road. Jans Rautenbach, a long time resident in Vlakteplaas and well-known film maker in South…

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Discovering Ashton’s enthusiastic food handlers…

In January 2013, we started our breakfast programme at 6 primary schools in Ashton, Western Cape. The residents struggle with many issues (read more under Our Schools) and the Foundation team took to the road to spend time at each school – up close and personal. With regular monitoring and evaluation firmly in place tracking…

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Over 10 600 food parcels handed over to learners and their families

Tiger Brands in partnership with the Department of Basic Education and the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, initiated a food parcel distribution programme to support learners and their families throughout the December school holiday period. A total of 10 620 food parcels have been distributed in Kwazulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Eastern Cape; into the beneficiary…

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Schools on Conference

During the September 2013 school holidays, the Foundation hosted their first annual conference over 2 days at Birchwood Conference Centre in Johannesburg. The principals from our 60 schools together with our partners from the Department of Basic Education, Dr Miriam Altman (Chairman), Mr JJ Njeke and Ms Alex Mathole (Trustees) and the full Foundation team…

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Around the table in partnership with Department of Basic Education…

The Department of Basic Education and the Foundation set another benchmark in the successful partnership we have developed to date. On Thursday 22 August 2013, we hosted the first ‘Stakeholders’ Forum’ at the Birchwood Conference Centre with over 60 delegates from a number of blue chip companies in South Africa. An innovative concept from the…

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Sharing Madiba’s birthday with Vodacom…

The Foundation and Vodacom created a partnership to firstly celebrate Mandela Day and secondly, as the springboard to partnering on more projects in the future. Vodacom’s Chief Officer: Corporate Affairs, Maya Makanjee says “Vodacom embarked on the massive task of packing and distributing a total of 20 000 food parcels to families in Alexandra, Daveyton,…

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Director of the Foundation attended the annual Global Children’s Nutrition Forum (GCNF) hosted in Brazil

Kelvin Glen, Director of the Foundation attended the annual Global Children’s Nutrition Forum (GCNF) hosted in Brazil this year. The purpose of the Global Forum is to assist leaders in starting or expanding school feeding programmes by sharing their insights, experiences and challenges with delegates from 38 countries (Africa, Asia, India, South & Central America).…

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Minister of Basic Education and CEO of Tiger Brands Serve The 10 Millionth Breakfast 

Tuesday 16 April 2013 was not a normal day at Gqebenya Junior Secondary School in the Lady Frere district, Eastern Cape. The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga and the CEO of Tiger Brands Peter Matlare attended this school to celebrate the serving of the 10 millionth breakfast meal. The children were at school bright…

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Tiger Brands Foundation proves that Disadvantaged Children need a Good Breakfast

A nutritious breakfast can improve educational performance, help reduce absenteeism and improve the nutritional status of malnourished children. These are just three findings of a ground-breaking study into the effects of a pilot in-school breakfast feeding programme introduced into six schools in Alexandra, Gauteng, by the Tiger Brands Foundation (TBF). The detailed research, which was…

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Groundbreaking CSI project by Ramsay Media – “Picture the change” competition

The Tiger Brands Foundation selected in the top 10… Congratulations! This image has been selected as one of the Top 10 finalists in the media category. An outstanding achievement, given the standard of entries received – well done! Photographer, Brenda Goldswain entered this picture on behalf of the Tiger Brands Foundation and we are very…

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The Tiger Brands Foundation celebrates its 1st birthday

Wednesday 25 July 2012 marked the 1st birthday of the Tiger Brands Foundation. A warm sunny winter’s morning created the ideal stage to share this achievement with the children of Skeen Primary School in Alexandra, Johannesburg. The morning was a feast of traditional dance and songs performed by the children before cupcakes and goody bags…

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An Interview Ms Mlambo Ngcuka: The Value of a Partnership….

Recently, the Tiger Brands Foundation officially handed over the keys of newly constructed kitchens at two schools in Bergville in rural Kwa-Zulu Natal. This particular project was in collaboration with a partner NGO; Umlambo Foundation. Umlambo Foundation, an NGO established in 2008 to invest in the leadership and management development of school principals to improve…

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14 – 18 May 2012: Global Children’s Nutrition Forum

The Director of TBF attended the 2012 Global Child Nutrition Forum, held in Addis Ababa from 13 – 18 May 2012. This forum seeks to highlight the actions countries are taking in stimulating economic development and improving food security through national school feeding programmes. Countries around the world are implementing Home Grown School Feeding (HGSF)…

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Tiger Brands Foundation Serving Rural Schools in Bergville, KZN

The Tiger Brands Foundation launched their in-school breakfast feeding programme in July 2011 in Alexandra, Johannesburg. With the programme running successfully in Johannesburg, the Foundation explored the expansion into more provinces. Focussing on rural schools in Kwa-Zulu Natal, several schools were considered for inclusion. Assisted by Umlambo Foundation, Woodford Primary and Hoffenthal Primary in Bergville…

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The Director of the Foundation was invited to present a paper at the USAID Nutrition and OVC Workshop held in Pretoria – 28 February 2012

The purpose of the workshop was to discuss a framework of integrating nutrition support into programming for vulnerable children. All possible areas for nutrition support integrating were under consideration including, but not limited to centres/facilities, provision of food parcels, use of grants to purchase food, home gardens, home visits and leveraging of resources. Participants included…

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The Tiger Brands Foundation Serves One Million Breakfast Meals in Just 107 Days…

Nourishing young growing minds is more than a vision for the Tiger Brands Foundation; it is the model of an in-school breakfast feeding programme implemented at non-fee paying schools. Director of the Tiger Brands Foundation, Kelvin Glen reports the high level of poverty and lack of proper nutrition is well documented and the government initiative…

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Ikage Food Distribution

Food Parcels – December 2011 Our first collaboration with Tiger Brands Corporate Social Investment involved a holiday food parcel distribution project to 1 200 families in Alexandra; the objective being to support these families who live in extreme poverty. It is critical to sustain the nutrition levels of the children who are fed in the…

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The Tiger Brands Foundation invites you to debate

“In School Breakfast Feeding – The success and lessons learnt” Date: 25th October 2011 Time: 07h30 (Breakfast Served & Registration) Venue: Tiger Brands, 3010 William Nicol Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg RSVP: Ms. Aadila Ebrahim 011 8404654 / Aadila.ebrahim@tigerbrands.com The Tiger Brands Foundation has implemented a “pilot” In School Breakfast Feeding Programme in six primary schools in…

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Visitors from United States of America – August 2011

(The Wharton School of Business) A delegation from the Wharton School of Business (Pennsylvania, USA) gained experience on a 2- week study tour through Johannesburg, Cape Town and Nairobi. The tour was planned to provide insights into the general business climate of South Africa’s emerging market; meeting with a number of leaders in finance, private…

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National Nutrition Week – October 2011

(Department of Basic Education – National School Nutrition Programme (NSNP)) The Tiger Brands Foundation was proud to partner with Department of Basic Education NSNP, Tiger Brands CSI Division and Nestle to celebrate National Nutrition Week 2011. The primary focus of the campaign is to promote the well-being of all learners through good nutrition, education and…

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