Photo Credit: Doorway to Dignity

Jars of Hope are a simple solution to a hunger crisis in South Africa; Doorway to Dignity is making the most of them, to feed as many people as possible.


Johannesburg, South Africa (10 August 2022) – Doorway to Dignity is a non-profit organisation that was established in November 2016. Their goal is to engage with homeless, displaced and vulnerable people to restore their dignity and renew their hope.

They recently received a mass donation of “Jars of Hope”, and they are already being put to good use. Doorway to Dignity was one of the Mandela Day recipients of 1000 jars which can feed around 4000 people or make 4000 meals.

A Jar of Hope is made up of different soup ingredients that can be poured into a pot with water and a few stock cubes. The meal is then cooked and can feed four or more people. Each jar contains one cup of rice, one cup of lentils, one cup of soup mix, one sealed stock cube and one packet of soup. When cooked, it creates a filling, wholesome meal that can get a person through a long day.

These jars became a lifeline for many during the pandemic. Today, they are still useful! Recently Doorway to Dignity aided a community ravaged by a fire. They delivered these jars, and 30 families were able to eat that night.

Thirty families living in the Zandspruit informal settlement lost everything. Doorway to Dignity was able to assist thanks to many donations sent in by various parties. They provided blankets, clothing and Jars of Hope.

“Shack fires can spread rapidly, especially when dwellings, often constructed from highly flammable materials, are packed too tightly together and when there is limited access to emergency care. Sadly, this is something that happens all too often in informal settlements scattered across the country.

And this is why it is so encouraging to see communities working together and looking out for each other. Once again, we thank you!”

Not only does Doorway to Dignity welcome already packed Jars of Hope, but you can also donate your empty jars so they can fill them with the ingredients.

“There are many reasons to love Jars of Hope!
Just one jar is enough to feed 4 people a wholesome, nourishing meal. It brings communities together. It sends a message of love and kindness. And it’s absolutely delicious!

We always need these. Whether you’d like to fill them or donate all or some of the ingredients needed, please reach out. They can be made to any recipe of your choice, as long as all it needs to create a meal is to be boiled in water – it will be perfect! They can be packed in glass or plastic jars or in Ziplocs.

Today, we’d like to ask you to please remember to collect and donate empty jars. No matter how many we get, we always need more. Not only will they be used for a great cause, it’s great for the environment too!

If you already have some, please drop them off by us, we really need some. If not – make sure to keep the empties when you finish your coffee and pickles.”

The continued efforts of people creating these jars, goes a long way. It is a temporary solution that is making a big difference!

If you would like to join the efforts, you can reach out to Doorway to Dignity here. They are based in Randburg, Johannesburg.

Sources: Doorway to Dignity
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