Read about the legal aspects of setting up feeding schemes and soup kitchens, and how to avoid large gatherings.


Food Banks and Animal-Rights Groups Rank High Among Nonprofits Young Americans Support in Covid Crisis

During the coronavirus pandemic, young adults say they have made donations to food banks, animal-rights groups and health-care advocacy organizations over other causes, according to a survey released Wednesday.

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City provides additional R25 million to food relief for vulnerable communities

The COVID-19 pandemic and the consequential national lockdown has left many vulnerable families in need of food relief.

In response to this need, the City used R12 million in savings and partnered with about 60 local organisations who have provided emergency food relief to vulnerable communities during 2019/2020 financial year. To continue the support to communities, the Urban Management Directorate secured an additional R25 million for food relief during the 2020/2021 financial year.

Noting the positive impact, an additional R25 million has been allocated for continued emergency food relief for the 2020/2021 financial year. The City’s Urban Management Directorate is busy working through the logistics to look at a process to seamlessly implement the rollout of the 2020/2021 food relief programme.

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How Ladles of Love makes millions of meals during lockdown

Sacks of potatoes, onions, lentils and other produce are stacked on the numerous pallets covering the floor of the Sun Exhibits at the GrandWest Casino. Loaves of bread are put into crates stacked head high. People make way for the forklifts that help move the pallets out of the 2,700 square metre space that was once used for entertainment.

Now it is the distribution warehouse where Ladles of Love operates. The organisation helps distribute food to vulnerable communities. Between 20 March and 27 June, Ladles distributed over three million meals. And when the lockdown started over 100 days ago, this massive operation at GrandWest didn’t exist.

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Mayor Dan Plato offers more soup kitchen support, donates to Desiree Ellis Foundation

Mayor Dan Plato also welcomes the Western Cape Town High Court ruling that the work of soup kitchens can continue unhindered as food relief is a vital lifeline to communities affected by lockdown. The next round of handovers begins today with the Desiree Ellis Foundation. Ellis is Banyana Banyana’s coach. Read more below:

‘As a result of the severe impact of the national coronavirus lockdown, many residents have struggled to put food on the table. Despite the move to Alert Level 3 opening up more economic sectors, the need for assistance remains. We must continue to strengthen our support and compassion for our fellow residents. These donations are intended to assist organisations feeding residents in need and, as a caring city, we are doing all we can to help residents,’ said Executive Mayor Dan Plato.

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Foodies cook up feeding schemes

At the top of Roving Bantu Kitchen’s towering doorway is a sign: “Spy kos corner.” It’s a play on words.

Speakers’ Corner in London’s Hyde Park is known as the home of free speech — a space where anyone can get on their soapbox and share their gospel. “Spy kos” is fast food in tsotsitaal.

It’s under this sign that people from all over Brixton, a historically working-class suburb in western Johannesburg, collect hearty meals prepared at the restaurant and by members of the community.

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Why are South Africans hungry when there’s surplus food?

There is now ample evidence that many people are going hungry, and that for many the situation is desperate. Queues for food parcels, queues for UIF applications, queues to apply for social grants, are all evidence of how bad the reality is for many of our fellow South Africans. People who made their pre-Covid-19 living by running spaza shops, cutting hair, washing cars, or guarding cars in shopping centres, the millions of people in the informal sector, have almost all been unable to work and earn a living for themselves and their families.

It is also too early to say definitively what is happening in our food supply mechanisms. There is not enough data available. But there is enough evidence to make certain points.

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Community Chest is deeply grateful

Community Chest is deeply grateful to our generous donor community for joining the #CoalitionoftheCommitted

Together we have reached more than 58 000 households across six provinces. We continue to make food security, hygiene products and educational resources a priority during these uncertain times.

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Publication focuses on impact of Covid-19 on hunger, food security

Cape Town – The Community Chest has joined forces with the Southern Africa Food Lab in launching a publication reflecting on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on hunger and food security.

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Cape Town teen raises over R20 000 for soup kitchen

Tam Emery (13) from Rondebosch, Cape Town has dedicated her lockdown to helping those in need by running a small cinnabon delivery initiative, with all proceeds going to a local soup kitchen.

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Covid-19 Food Security Application Form

If you are in need of Food Security assistance due to Covid-19 please fill in the form in the link below:

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South Africa: End Bias in Covid-19 Food Aid

Refugees, Asylum Seekers Excluded; Face Starvation

(Johannesburg) – The South African government’s Covid-19 aid programs, including food parcels, have overlooked refugees and asylum seekers. They include many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who fled to South Africa to escape persecution.

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Pennyappeal COVID-19 Relief Fund

Penny Appeal will be distributing hundreds of Pandemic Relief Kits to the most vulnerable within our cities, as well as Syria and Palestine. We will also be providing relief from hardship and loss of income and household goods thanks to your donations to our Hardship Fund. Let’s all do our part to help Flatten The Curve.

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Limpopo businessman starts food bank for over 800K people

A Limpopo businessman stuck his hand deep into his pockets and has started a food bank which will ensure hundreds of thousands of people are fed.

Mpho Mathoho of Mathoho Foundation said he has set aside millions of rand to feed more than 800,000 people in Vhembe during the lockdown and beyond.

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Food relief initiative during lockdown for needy communities

COVID-19 is taking its toll on the world, causing deaths, illnesses and economic despair. Due to the virus spreading rapidly, the South African government was then forced to take a drastic decision to stop the spread of the virus by placing the country under a strict Lockdown from the 26 of March 2020.

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National Government must allow for soup kitchens

Today, I have written to the Ministers of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu and Cooperative Governance Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma requesting urgent clarity on the validity of soup kitchens to operate after SAPS arrested at least one person for allegedly running a soup kitchen.    

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Lockdown relief: More than 10 000 food parcels to be given to small-scale fishers

More than 10 000 food parcels will be delivered to distressed small-scale and interim relief fishers across the country.

In a partnership between the Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, FishSA, major fishing corporations and the SA Fishing Development fund, registered small-scale fishers in the Cape Town Metro, West Coast, and Northern Cape will receive the parcels from Monday.

During the next week, registered small-scale fishers in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal will receive parcels.

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Gift of the Givers: Intervention Plan for Covid-19

Gift of the Givers is a partner to the government's Covid-19 initiative, augmenting public health services by supporting medical professionals with protective wear, supplying relevant essential medical equipment and providing medical consumables to the institutions in urgent need. The National Health Minister is fully appraised of our intervention through the Deputy Director of emergency and disaster medicine in the department, Dr Ahmed Bham, who was appointed by the minister to lead the team to repatriate South Africans from Wuhan. Ahmed is head of Gift of the Givers Search and Rescue team. He is currently in charge of the Quarantine Centre at The Ranch. Various health departments, disaster management services nationwide and an MEC have requested partnership with Gift of the Givers to deal with the anticipated health challenges.

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‘Hands off our soup kitchens’ – UN Women asked to stop SA govt interference in NPO work

Many women’s organisations started soup kitchens to serve thousands of meals to vulnerable communities during the pandemic.
A major women’s organisation has written to the United Nations Women, pleading for it to order the Department of Social Development to stay away from soup kitchens and non-profit organisations (NPOs) in the country.

Founding member of 1000Women1Voice, Tina Thiart, said in a statement that the organisation had written to executive director of the UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, complaining about the department’s proposal to control and accredit soup kitchens.

Thiart claimed that many women’s organisations had already started soup kitchens, mobilised funding, solicited food donations, recruited volunteers and had already served thousands of meals to vulnerable communities.

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Community Chest Food Relief Update

Distribution Week 02 - 09 May
Since the inception of our Food Relief Distribution Programme four weeks ago, Community Chest has been inundated with requests for our food boxes. COVID-19 and the impact of lockdown, has had a devastating effect on already vulnerable communities. Incomes have eroded, especially in the informal economy, and delays in social grant payouts in May further burdened poorer households. Hunger is a primal need and the crisis escalated daily.

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How red tape is hampering the hungry from receiving food in South Africa

The government doesn’t want people randomly handing out food parcels under lockdown – and there are some good reasons for that. But frustration is brewing over the complex bureaucracy governing food distribution while people go hungry. Now, legal action may be pending.

In the small Eastern Cape town of Cradock, there was food available for those in need. The local Spar had donated 300 food parcels for distribution. But for days in late April, the food languished in a local community centre – despite the fact that the parcels included perishable vegetables.

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Help someone by sending a virtual grocery voucher

When times are tough, one thing South Africans know how to do is help each other out. Many feeding schemes have sprung up in local communities and non-profit organisations are doing what they can to feed those in need. Countless other generous individuals with great initiatives have risen to the occasion amid the coronavirus pandemic.

One of South Africa’s biggest supermarkets, the Shoprite group, just made it even easier to lend a helping hand. You can gift someone a virtual shopping voucher, or even donate to a worthy non-profit, without setting a foot outside your door.

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PepsiCo relief initiative to provide 11 million meals in SA

PepsiCo South Africa has announced a R12m initiative to provide meals to vulnerable South Africans during the Covid-19 crisis. This initiative, led locally by PepsiCo companies Pioneer Foods and Simba, will serve more than 11 million meals to communities most impacted by the socio-economic crisis caused by the pandemic.

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Each One Feed One

South Africa is a nation that is perhaps best described as a nation borne out of solidarity. The means by which we overcame our troubled past was by each group working together towards a clear goal of justice. It is time, again, to ignite our culture of solidarity as we face the greatest test of our character and cohesion since the dawn of democracy. 

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SA Harvest re-distributes quality surplus food

We are on a mission to eliminate hunger and food waste through education and the redistribution of quality surplus food.

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Lockdown Regulations: Informal Feeding Schemes and Soup Kitchens

Many of you have started to set up or support informal feeding schemes in your communities. Some CANs have feedings schemes on every street and others have one or two. While in some these schemes have been running for years, in others they are new. Some have no problem and in others people are experiencing different issues depending on the approach of lock law enforcement. So is the law on feeding schemes and soup kitchen during lockdown?

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City of Cape Town Makes Effort To Put Food On The Tables Of Vulnerable Residents

In actioning our commitment as a caring city during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Cape Town is reprioritising our Ward Allocations Budgets to unlock the financial capacity to assist our struggling residents with food and sustenance provision.

On Tuesday 21 April 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a stimulus social and economic relief package to mitigate some of the impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and although we also support the efforts of our national government, we are fully aware the rollout of this relief is going to take weeks before it actually gets to our people.

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Urgent Food Support Community Chest

The Community Chest envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through access to a world class education, having income stability and by living healthy lives.

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How Food Forward bridges gap between surplus and need during lockdown and beyond

In 2013, a study by the CSIR found that one third of food produced in South Africa ends up in waste. Perfectly edible food is dumped into landfills because of over-production, incorrect ordering, or it simply did not meet retail specifications. Besides being an unnecessary waste, it costs the economy around R70bn annually. Food Forward, a non-profit organisation, has found a way to reduce this staggering amount and save the lives of the vulnerable. Their programme removes surplus food from the suppliers and distributes to the vulnerable and food insecure communities. The Covid-19 lockdown has put many people out of work and is creating an increasing need for food. Food Forward MD Andy du Plessis tells Biznews how they act as act as connector between a world of surplus and a world of need. – Vanessa Marks

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Feeding scheme launched to help over 200 homeless people in CPT

The staff at The Peninsula All-Suite Hotel in Sea Point have rallied together to help feed over 200 people currently housed at a designated safe space under Culemborg bridge in Cape Town. The 'Culemborg Mission', launched on Friday, 7 May, entails mass production of hot and nutritious meals prepared under strict sanitary conditions in the hotel's kitchen.

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FEEL GOOD | Cape Town domestic worker runs food aid programme for neighbours in her free time

Worried about her hungry neighbours suffering during the Covid-19 lockdown and job wipe-outs, Cape Town domestic worker Lauren Juries has started a soup kitchen in her flat in Ottery.

Roping in her mother, Estelle Stefanus, and her aunts, enormous pots of lentil stew and rice are cooked on their stove in their tiny kitchen in Regents Court under the banner of "Ottery Community Action Now" (Ottery Can).

By sunset, a long queue has formed outside the blocks of flats, which include children, and bowls and plates are filled, so that they don't have to go to bed hungry.

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