Since its inception as a response to the first lockdown in 2020, which left many people out of work and vulnerable, Chefs with Compassion has served more than 3.3-million meals through our network of more than 30 community kitchens. We rescue food that would otherwise go to waste, cook through our network of community chefs, and feed the most food vulnerable in communities across Joburg. To date, Chefs with Compassion has rescued 1.5-million kilograms of food. In July this year, our #67000litres campaign ensured 350 000 people received a hearty cup of soup in commemoration of Mandela Day.
In the spirit of ubuntu, the DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival and its partners hope to raise R500 000 to help Chefs with Compassion continue feeding those who have fallen on hard times.
R500 000 raised for Chefs with Compassion means 50 000 hungry people will receive a nutritious meal.
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.