Retirement Fund Solutions (RFS) staff have handed out Jars of Hope to impoverished communities and vulnerable individuals as an expression of their caring.
Jars of Hope, a personalized method of distributing easily prepared food to people in need was first devised in South Africa in 2018. Spare glass jars such as coffee bottles are filled with layers of dry grains, legumes, and cereals. These can include split peas, lentils, beans, and rice. A stock cube and powdered is added for flavour. The jar can then be emptied into boiling water to make a nourishing soup or stew depending on the cooking time and/or water.
Participants from RFS staff handed out Jars of Hope in a number of communities and to institutions which were Freedom Land, Orilindie Children’s Home, Future Hope, Hospice for Hope, and S.P.E.S., the latter an initiative that supports almost 1,700 school-going children.
Unlike most enterprises, RFS assigns its corporate social responsibility budget to staff members that are empowered to give back to initiatives that are meaningful to them. Past beneficiaries have included old age homes, schools, school sports, various charities, and community initiatives.
Speaking about the initiative, RFS initiator of the drive Aliza Prinsloo said that nutrition in marginalized communities, not only improves health but also has the effect of giving hope to beneficiaries that they are not forgotten and alone. Although the staff undertook the initiative out of love for fellow humans, she went on to challenge other organisations to also offer hope. …