An Engineering company called CFAM Technology in Potchefstroom, a spin-off company of the University of North West’s faculty of Engineering is the developer of the Food ATM.
The company aims to address the situation of food shortages brought about by the national Covid-19 lockdown in the country.
They manufacture double-screw food extruders in Africa and they also specialise in the cooking of raw materials, such as maize meal.
“By adding water or milk to this powdery, dry product, it makes these foods ready to eat and provides a balanced meal,” says CFAM’s Grobler.
EBNewsDaily understands that the Food ATM consists of a reclaimed shipping container that is filled with dry porridge.
To gain access to a bag of dry porridge contained in the ATM, residents must receive or buy an electronic coupon with a pin number on their cellphone which can then be entered into the Food-ATM’s digital keypad.
Social distancing is therefore achieved by the coupon’s real-time validity regulations.
It has a capacity of 250 000 meals thereby helping eliminate the logistical constraints during the limited movement created by the Covid-19 mitigation measures.
Corruption, preferential distribution and theft associated with food parcels during the lockdown is out of the picture, according to CFAM.
“Not only is this a food shortage solution during the Covid-19 period, but it also provides a sustainable solution to address food shortages in South Africa,” says Mr Grobler.
SOURCE – ebnewsdaily.co.za