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Pick n Pay

Doing Good

in the local community

We seek to play a role in poor communities, through short and longer-term initiatives, as part of our multi-faceted contribution to the socio-economic transformation of the country..
turning stores into 
 children’s learning centres

early learning skills are vital for children’s success.

Pick n Pay is working with South African partners to deliver and innovative project called Sifunda Ngokuthetha (which translates to ‘we learn by talking together’) aimed at turning an everyday trip to a supermarket into an opportunity for enriched caregiver-child interactions.


we learn by talking together.
Sifunda Ngokuthetha

 Educational projects

growing tomorrow’s leaders

The Pick n Pay School Club has been operating for 14 years and is one of the most influential and dynamic public-private educational initiatives in South Africa. The Club reaches 3025 schools and makes much-needed educational resources available through private sector funding.

community food gardens 
 Educational projects

supporting community food gardening since 2013

The Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation partners with several organisations to establish rural and urban food gardens, as well as convert a few of them into training gardens. These projects both feed communities and allow for the sale of surplus produce.

promoting water resilience

The Foundation has rolled out Water Resilience Programme in partnership with Siyazisiza Trust, which supports community based, small agricultural projects with drip irrigation, water tanks, boreholes and water conservation training.

 our communities

Through our stores, we are connected to many communities nationwide. We seek to play a positive role in each of these communities through short and long-term initiatives, as part of our contribution to the socio-economic transformation of the country.

We have supported the Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy for the past 15 years. Since 2004, their cycling and education programmes have assisted 1500 youngsters to become champions both on and off their bicycles.


Pick n Pay is the biggest retail donor to the food security agency FoodForward SA (formerly FoodBank). Through our partnership, FoodForward has been able to provide food to more than 4450 beneficiary organisations across the country, which in turn provide more than 11 million meals a year.

“The food donations are distributed over six months, ensuring we are able to provide beneficiaries with a varied basket of nutritious foods. The generosity and support of this Mandela Day Food Drive directly benefits thousands of people.
Andy du Plessis, Managing Director, FoodForward SA