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To commemorate this occasion and to honour and perpetuate the name of Raymond and Wendy Ackerman, as well as to ensure the ongoing philosophy of philanthropy, the Board of Directors of Pick n Pay Stores Limited resolved to set aside a substantial sum of money to create a fund for philanthropic purposes. The Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation was duly established as a Corporate Foundation.


To enable South Africans to provide for their own needs whilst aspiring to better themselves and to contribute to their communities.


To make a measurable contribution to sustainable development by supporting projects that

address food insecurity in a sustainable way
create opportunities for income generation.

Key Objectives

  • To make a meaningful and measurable contribution within the sectors in which we operate.
  • To forge strategic alliances and develop partnerships or relationships that are open and transparent, with relevant organisations.

Building a Sustainable World

The Foundation’s primary objective is to enable South Africans to provide for their own needs, while aspiring to better themselves and contribute to their communities. In this way it is our aim to make a measurable contribution to sustainable development through supporting projects that encourage self-reliance and sustainable food security. We believe that sustainable development can relieve conditions of poverty and unemployment through economic empowerment and uplifting the quality of life of the marginalised and disadvantaged.

We continually track our progress and measure impact in order to determine whether our social empowerment initiatives are having a lasting impact on the reduction of poverty in ways that provide communities with a sense of self-worth; as well as ultimately enabling them to make their own decisions regarding their destiny. Through these initiatives our aim is to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and discourage perpetual dependence on funding. See attached file.

How can you apply for assistance?

If it is a community-based organization that focuses on sustainable food security or income generation projects, download the following form: Ackerman PnP Foundation Application.

What are the criteria for the project and what information do we need?

It must be community-based (we cannot fund individuals)
It must be a registered Not for Profit Organization (NPO) or Public Benefit Organisation (PBO)
The outcome of the project must be income generation or sustainable food security
Employees of Pick n Pay are not eligible for support from the Foundation

What is the process?

We do a desktop evaluation of the project to assess its viability. If it is not viable, we'll let you know promptly.
If it does meet our criteria we will arrange a site visit and make a further assessment.



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