Why we're rising against hunger?

Rise Against Hunger was established in the USA in 1998 by Dr Ray Buchanan, Rise Against Hunger is an International organisation that coordinates the distribution of food and other life-saving aid worldwide.

Rise Against Hunger Africa (RAH) is a volunteer based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme, which was started in South Africa in 2009. There are currently four full-time operations (Johannesburg, Cape Town, Pietermaritzburg and East London).

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Our vision is an Africa without hunger. Our mission is transformation through education. Educating our donors, beneficiaries, volunteers and suppliers about the role they play in eradicating child hunger. Donated food is used to stimulate and encourage measurable results in Early Childhood Development centres.

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RAH Africa offers a social investment opportunity to provide fully balanced meals for pre-school children necessary for their holistic development. We depend on passionate, active volunteers for meal packaging events and food distribution. Our Programme has solid, measurable results and restores hope for hungry children.

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Our focus is on reaching the most vulnerable: hungry children, specifically those who attend pre-schools, or Early Childhood Development (ECDs). According to the University of Cape Town’s Children’s Institute, over 3 million children under the age of 17 are food insecure.

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Board Members

Rise Against Hunger Africa is governed by a board of experienced and esteemed directors. The current board members are:

Neville Martin has held a number of technical roles in the food manufacturing and distribution industries most of which were spent at Unilever in South Africa. He has served at chairman of the management committee for Avril Elizabeth Homes and has actively been involved in Stop Hunger Now for the last five years.

He holds a B.Com.(Admin) from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Sean has a B.Comm and a B.Acc from the University of the Witwatersrand, completed his articles of training at Deloitte & Touche and qualified as a chartered accountant at the end of 1991. He served 2 years military service at the Receiver of Revenue as a senior tax officer. He worked just over 20 years for an American sales and marketing company focusing on the building of private label brands for retailers. During this time he managed business in South Africa, Mexico, Germany Czech Republic, United States, Angola and Kenya.

At the end of 2014 he decided to leave the corporate world and focus on a combination of entrepreneurship and giving back – to this end he has a small strategic consulting company, a business incubator, a cleaning company and spends some of his time as a volunteer ambassador at Rise Against Hunger Africa and a mentor at the National Youth Development Agency. 3 key words that describe Sean are strategic, maximizer and relator.

Rod Brooks is currently the CEO of Rise Against Hunger's US Operation. Rod has spent nearly twenty years working in the non-profit sector, including Vice President for Administration at Exploris (now titled Marbles Kid’s Museum), an interactive museum about the world.

He holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Has a BA and a Bachelor of law (LLB) degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She was admitted as an attorney in 2005 and received Masters of law (LLM) from the same institution in 2009. Is a labour law practitioner of a Johannesburg based law firm and also serves on the board of directors’ since 2008. She heads the company’s labour law department.

She is also responsible for the firm’s human resource management that includes restructuring to enhance both employee and employer efficiencies, management of grievance and disciplinary processes, CCMA and Labour Court representation, management of skills development, recruitment, employment equity and transformation in terms of the applicable legislation together with the drafting and implementation of policies.

She provides legal advice to the trustees of various trusts, including the creation of and running of BEE employee and other trusts.

Rustum is a seasoned entrepreneur and has successfully initiated, owned and managed several companies over the past 30 years of his professional business career. His forte as a Marketing and Business Development specialist has given him the opportunity to work in various sectors of business both locally and abroad.

One of his passions is digital solutions and finding effective ways of maximizing the use of digital platforms as a marketing and communication tool to drive value for organisations. Rustum is currently the Marketing and Communications Director at Connecting Africa and also represents Unipalm Investment Holdings, a broad based black empowerment investment holdings company that is the majority shareholder in the business. Rustum has a passion for enriching and improving young lives and is committed to his role as a member of the board at Rise Against Hunger.

Reshna is an experienced HR professional and has held several positions at South Africa’s well-known financial and professional service organisations including Mutual and Federal, Alexander Forbes, Deloitte and Absa Capital. She is currently the Divisional Director HR at Liberty Corporate. Her responsibilities at Liberty Corporate include translating the business strategy into a supportive people strategy that is aligned to the Group HR priorities and to put action plans in place against the strategy to ensure effective execution. Her role extends to partnering with business leaders to facilitate the achievement of business objectives whilst maintaining accountability for the end to end delivery of HR services.

Reshna graduated from the University of Natal in 1996 with a BA in Psychology. She later went on to complete her Higher Diploma in Education from UNISA with a Cum Laude. Thereafter, Reshna furthered her academic studies at GIBS where she completed the Management Development Programme; the Graduate Institute of Management Technology where she obtained a Diploma in Labour Law; and then later completed her Advanced Labour Law studies at UNISA.

Our Partners

With the support of our generous donors working in partnership with Rise Against Hunger Africa, we are able to work towards ending hunger in Southern Africa. Below are some of our major donors, each having significantly supported the RAH Africa Programme.



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