A new soup kitchen opened in Du Noon on Tuesday last week and is already feeding 75 people a day. But unlike other soup kitchens, very few people queue for their meal. Instead, most of the food is delivered by volunteers to the chronically-ill, elderly and bed-ridden people of the area.
As many of the recipients are HIV positive and receiving ARV treatment, the regular source of food ensures that they can take their medication properly, as it should not be taken on an empty stomach.
The Masicedisane soup kitchen operates out of the Du Noon Resource Centre seven days a week, with funding from the DA.
Community leader, Beauty “Madlomo” Ndamane, said she had managed to secure funding from the DA to alleviate the suffering of the swelling ranks of elderly and chronically-ill among Du Noon residents.
Ndamane said the volunteers started coming in to the kitchen from about 9am to collect soup and bread, which they then took to the homes of their patients.
Although there is a shortage of kitchen utensils and food supplies, the kitchen manages to provide soup throughout the week to all 75 patients.
“We are helping people who are not working, and sick people,” she said.
One of the four volunteers who work in the kitchen, Virginia Nyanga, 38, said she was “very happy to cook soup for the vulnerable in the community”.
For some, Masicedisane is the only source of food available.
Ntombise Sekiso, 60, said she was “very hungry” and relied on the soup for survival, eating three portions a day.
“I get all my meals here,” she said.
The City’s DA chief whip, Anthea Serritslev, said Masicedisane was one of the DA’s various projects in the city and gave funding in the region of R1000 a month.
Serritslev said apart from the funding, volunteers running the soup kitchen got donations from shopping outlets.
“The project can go on forever as long as there is a volunteer to run it,” said Serritslev. — West Cape News