Hanneke van Linge

Hanneke accidentally took over the running of a weekly soup kitchen in Krugersdorp West in 2015 - where she first consciously encountered the diabolical extent of food waste – and has never looked back. Out of this activity NOSH Food Rescue NPC was born – a growing non-profit social enterprise which collects food surplus from different sources ranging from the retail sector to agriculture. This rescued produce is then distributed to an ever-widening network of soup kitchens, shelters and feeding schemes. At the beginning of the first Covid-19 Lockdown in April 2020, Hanneke became a founding partner of ‘Chefs with Compassion’, a new NPC aiming to engage with chefs and the hospitality industry to utilise food surplus to cook nutritious meals for those in need. A long-time environmental- and food activist, Hanneke is a member of Slow Food and started the Slow Food ‘Food Waste Warriors’ community to further highlight the brokenness of the current food system and educate on issues surrounding waste, hunger and food justice in general. She is also involved in various permaculture, community garden, homesteading, self-sufficiency and sustainability initiatives, often meshing with the aims of NOSH, which are to make good quality nutrition accessible to those who need it most.

Notes from the Kitchen

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.

Themba Mbatha-Chalumbira,
One Moment Foundation

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.

Thandi Dyantjie,

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.

Busi Twala ,

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.

Dr Nishaan Kishore,
Infinity Foundation

Hope of the Hopeless Centre would not be open if it was not for CWC, which came and rescued us in the pandemic.

Margo Williams,
Hope of the Hopeless, Ennerdale

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.

Pastor Adrian Breda,
Army of Yahweh