When Chefs with Compassion was founded in May 2020, restaurants, hotels and cooking schools were unable to trade, and many caring and compassionate kitchens opened their hearts and switched on their stoves to cook for beneficiary organisations that registered with Chefs with Compassion.
As the lockdown restrictions eased, their focus moved to reviving their businesses, and the cooking baton was transferred to the beneficiary organisations, who became both kitchen and beneficiary.
Many are soup kitchens with years of experience feeding their own local communities, while others are community cooks using their own premises to cook and feed their neighbours.
Today, almost 30 organisations collect produce from the Chefs with Compassion sharehouse, some to cook and distribute meals, others to distribute to a number of smaller organisations within their communities who provide meals on a weekly basis, and others to provide a combination of cooked meals and food parcels to their communities.
In this way, our fresh produce reaches smaller organisations and soup kitchens that cannot access other forms of sponsorship and extends Chefs with Compassion’s reach right across Gauteng.
We received large donations of vegetables and utensils from Chefs with Compassion which are helping us maintain our homeless soup kitchen that feeds over 200 people daily and vulnerable children in informal settlements in Berea.
After my restaurant business shut down at the start of lockdown, I saw people struggling. They couldn’t get food to eat. I chose to make a difference and I started a soup kitchen to feed people, with help from my staff and family – and Chefs with Compassion.
I used to have a catering business before Covid. Now I am involved with Chefs with Compassion in serving my community by cooking food and also sharing it with other organisations for their communities. I feed 1,500 people each week.
We would like to thank the CWC team as they continuously provide rescued produce that has helped us feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people since the start of the lockdowns.
Hope of the Hopeless Centre would not be open if it was not for CWC, which came and rescued us in the pandemic.
CWC gives Army of Yahweh the opportunity to help other soup kitchens for children and old age homes and vulnerable people in informal settlements in different areas.