The Dis-Chem Foundation
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a vital component of Dis-Chem’s corporate ethos, and we are committed to contributing to the society in which we operate. We aim to genuinely impact communities in a meaningful and enduring way through Foundation initiated projects.
Founders Ivan and Lynette Saltzman established The Dis-Chem-Chem Foundation in 2006 to improve the lives of individuals while relieving the burden on communities, families and friends. The Foundation heads, Shereen Saltzman and Melanie Saltzman oversee the Foundation’s projects, funding, and beneficiaries and have a passionate team of Dis-Chem social workers and caregivers. The Foundation provides support in the areas of health, nutrition and education to babies, children, the elderly, abused and the homeless. It is funded through the Dis-Chem Pharmacies Benefits Programme where a percentage of turnover is donated to the Foundation.
Dis-Chem Food Garden
The Dis-Chem Food Garden was started in August 2013 when a heightened need for food within local communities was identified. Utilising space adjacent to the Group’s Head Office, the area was astutely reconditioned into a Food Garden. Almost five years later, this Food Garden is now a thriving farm, feeding over 10 000 people a month. Fresh produce is delivered to various NGOs across Gauteng weekly, including the African Children’s Feeding Scheme, Feed SA, Victory Outreach, and Ladies of Hope.
The project reaches beyond food provision. Education and training have become an essential part of this dynamic. The garden team includes 18 community members who have been upskilled over the years to become fully self-sustainable farmers and have received full-time employment. The garden hosts educational school visits, agricultural sector interns, drug rehab patients, and mentally and physically challenged individuals who come to learn and heal from this environmentally friendly haven.