Cape Town established non-profit organisation, Ladles of Love, is growing its impact by expanding its programs into Gauteng.
Johannesburg, South Africa (04 June 2022) – Ladles of Love, a Cape Town-based NPO, is spreading its wings and expanding its feeding programs into Gauteng!!!
Poverty, and its accompanying twins of hunger and malnutrition, are the greatest threat facing South Africa today. Millions of people face a day without a single meal every day, and as evidenced by the Sunday Times article of 29th May, for example, many hungry and desperate children have resorted to eating sand to fill their empty stomachs. Ladles of Love plays a critical role in helping to alleviate this catastrophic situation through its proactive social initiatives.
From humble beginnings as a single soup kitchen in 2014, they have grown their network substantially and are now supporting 134 soup kitchens in the Cape Peninsula. They have managed to serve over 27 million meals since the lockdown began in March 2020. This translates to feeding roughly 40,000 people a day and sending 4,2 tons of food out a week to those in need.
Ladles of Love is a public benefit organisation in social service through its seven programs, which are designed to tackle social challenges facing people, often children, in impoverished communities by implementing practical solutions that make a difference.
Their primary focus is to alleviate hunger with dignity and love by injecting hope and making a difference in as many lives as possible. Gauteng beneficiaries include ECD centres, the physically and mentally challenged, elderly citizens and chronic patients who have no food with which to take their medications.
Johannesburg Chief Operating Officer Candice Etberg comments, “Food is a fundamental requirement in anybody’s life – and even more so in the lives of people who have no guarantee of a nutritious meal every day. These people are survivors, not victims, and Ladles of Love is dedicated to bringing dignity and a sense of worthiness into people’s lives. “
The Johannesburg branch has onboarded 16 new beneficiaries in the Alexandra township, Tembisa, Munsieville in Krugersdorp, Orange Farm, and Soweto. Operating from their warehouse in Wynberg, Johannesburg, these beneficiaries collect fresh produce and dry goods, including maise meal, samp, rice, oats, sugar, and salt weekly. All beneficiaries are carefully vetted, and Ladles of Love will be alleviating their concerns by ensuring that each person from each organisation and centre will be able to enjoy at least two nutritious meals a day.
One of the Gauteng beneficiaries, Valencia from Sakhi Sizwe Aids Care Initiative, said, “Ladles of Love has impacted our community in a very good way, especially now, since we’re facing a crisis as a country. We can now have three meals a day, and we are also able to even feed our Saturday class students. We are grateful and thankful for your help. Our patients, orphans, and elderly citizens can take their medicine on time. We thank Ladies of Love for saving our lives”.
The NPO has launched their footprint in Gauteng just in time to partake in this year’s Mandela Day challenge in a big way. Having broken two world records in the past for Mandela Day, in 2020 for making the most number of sandwiches in one hour (304 000), and in 2021 building the longest line of food cans, 6,7km long. They intend to break an existing world record using food cans to make a mosaic image in Cape Town and set a record for using food cans to form an official country flag in Johannesburg.
On 18 July, Ladles of Love will raise awareness about food security by raising over 120,000 food cans, making a social message statement to alleviate hunger and poverty in a meaningful and engaging way. To assist in taking action against hunger, the public can get involved by purchasing food cans on Webtickets and buying 67min volunteering slots. Mandela Day is live on Webtickets.co.za from 1 July 2022.
If you would like to get involved in Ladle of Love`s Mandela Day initiative or just support their drive in the food relief sector, go to www.ladlesoflove.org.za and get involved today.