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Over 260 soup kitchens have benefited from this programme, and more than 200,000 residents now receive a warm meal every single day.


Western Cape, South Africa (12 May 2021) – Over the past year, the City of Cape Town has allocated more than R39 million to an emergency food relief programme, going above and beyond our municipal mandate to assist those who have fallen on hard times due to the global pandemic and national lockdown.

Yesterday, the Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato and Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management, Alderman Grant Twigg, visited organisations in Crossroads, which are feeding communities, with the assistance of the City of Cape Town.

“The lingering impact of the national Covid-19 lockdown means residents continue to struggle to provide food for their families. The ability to earn an income means residents can create jobs for others and build dignity through providing for their families. Many residents have not been able to do this because of the impact of the national Covid-19 lockdown. The hardship experienced by many through the loss of income is something we are very much aware of, and we have a duty to assist our residents.

“It is necessary that government support must be extended through food aid and local soup kitchens. As a caring City, these donations are intended to assist organisations feeding thousands of residents in need,” said the City’s Executive Mayor Alderman Dan Plato.

Over 260 soup kitchens have benefited from this programme, and more than 200,000 residents now receive a warm meal daily from these soup kitchens.

All funds spent on humanitarian relief are fully audited, allocated 100% in line with the City’s supply chain process, and not subject to political interference in any way.

Conditions for the City’s Grant-in-Aid (GIA) funding encourage recipient organisations to partner with smaller community-based groups to deliver food relief. This enables support for smaller community groups to keep doing their good work, even if they are not able to meet the stringent requirements to access grant-in-aid funding.

To date, the City’s food relief programme has included:

  • Approximately R14 million from the Mayor’s Relief Fund, which has been spent to support a major food relief drive. This included equipping soup kitchens as well as direct food relief. To date, 262 soup kitchens have received equipment and ingredients across the City, bolstering their capacity to feed over 200 000 residents in need, every single day during the lockdown.
  • R10 million grant-in-aid funding, which was approved in January by Council and is being rolled out to 14 qualifying registered non-governmental organisations (NGO), public benefit organisations (PBO) or non-profit organisations (NPO) that applied to issue relief within the municipal boundaries of the City of Cape Town to prepare and distribute cooked meals directly to vulnerable communities. These successful organisations, which met the relevant requirements, were also appointed to supervise community-based organisations in their preparation and distribution of cooked meals.
  • R15 million, which the Council recently approved in March as part of the Budget Adjustment process. Applications from registered NGOs, PBOs or NPOs are currently being assessed.

During these oversight visits to community kitchens, it is heartwarming to see the City’s funding in action, which is providing food relief to thousands of our vulnerable communities as a result of the impact that the pandemic has had on homes and livelihoods.

“We want to thank everyone who is and has been playing a role in implementing and providing this humanitarian relief programme, including City staff and the community-based organisations throughout the city,” said Alderman Grant Twigg, Mayoral Committee Member for Urban Management.

Sources: City of Cape Town 
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