You can now apply for a virtual Shoprite or Checkers grocery voucher for COVID-19 relief groceries.

DURBAN – Shoprite Group via its affiliate Computicket has launched virtual vouchers which can be redeemed at any Shoprite, Checkers or Usave supermarket to help customers during the lockdown.

The virtual vouchers that can be safely bought , in just a few easy steps, are sent via SMS to a recipient’s cellphone within an hour of placing the order. It can be redeemed immediately once received.

The Shoprite Group has joined communities across South Africa in their intensified efforts to fight hunger by donating millions of Rands worth of food, supplying thousands of meals and taking hands with its customers to donate to the Solidarity Fund.

Since the start of the national lockdown, the group has donated surplus food to the value of R6 million to 87 community-based organisations. In addition to this the Shoprite Mobile Soup Kitchens have remained active, and have since March 27 dropped off more than 119 000 nutritious meals in support of 195 organisations.

The retailer has also partnered with its customers to contribute R1.55 million to the Solidarity Fund. It made an initial donation of R1 million in response to the call for help from President Cyril Ramaphosa and made its Act for Change Fund available for customers to conveniently contribute a further R550 000 in its supermarkets across the country.

Customers who want to assist fellow citizens in need directly in time when physical contact is severely restricted due to the lockdown can buy virtual vouchers, which are a quick and efficient alternative to food hampers. These vouchers are sent via SMS to a recipient’s mobile phone within an hour of being purchased on the Computicket website, and are redeemable at all Shoprite, Checkers or Usave stores.

Customers can support destitute communities by donating non-perishable food and hygiene products at participating supermarkets where trolley donations are accepted. Items collected in this way are distributed to care facilities and other organisations looking after vulnerable groups in informal settlements.