Cape Town, 23rd April 2020 – Over 50,000 residents in the Southern Peninsula are starving. Ladles of Love with a small community group based in Noordhoek are pleading for the public to donate sandwiches and non-perishables for immediate food relief.
The Southern Peninsula is home to two large informal settlements, Masiphumelele and Ocean View. The population of the two hold approximately 63,000 residents who are not receiving food relief from disaster efforts.
In the past week residents of Noordhoek have come together and donated over 20,000 ready-to-eat sandwiches, fruit and non-perishables which are being distributed in the most destitute areas within the settlements.
“This week we collected just over 9,000 sandwiches, non-perishables for food parcels, fruit and boiled eggs,” says Kisha Reader from the community group tasked with facilitating collections in the area for Ladles of Love. “In just under an hour the food was gone with thousands standing in a queue waiting to be fed.”
“We are so grateful for the community support received so far but now is the time to ramp up efforts, currently we have only been feeding on two sites in Masi in partnership with The Hebron Project (NGO feeding scheme in the area), we need to extend the reach to Ocean View,” she adds. “We’re calling on all residents in the Deep South to get involved.”
“Ocean View seems to have been forgotten in the plight of food relief as many NGO’s simply cannot get into the area because of gang activity,” Reader explains. “We’ve partnered with CoolPlay an NGO in Ocean View, who feed school children and are in desperate need of food to feed the community from the primary school.”
“The good news though is that through the Ladles of Love network we will be feeding close to 8,000 people soup which is being prepared at Den Anker restaurant in Cape Town,” she adds. “This soup will be served in Ocean View on Mondays and Thursdays with Masi being served on a Tuesday and Friday.”
“Our current efforts have seen over 20,000 people receive food over the past week but it’s not enough,” she explains. “Things are going to get worse, people are not going to receive salaries at the end of the month and the government hasn’t sorted out food relief in the area, this means residents are going to be left with absolutely no food from the end of the week.”
She adds: “A special thanks needs to go to Sara at Hebron NGO for facilitating the distribution in Masi and to the team at Escape Explore tour company who have graciously donated their vehicles with their tour guides volunteering their time to assist with collection and distribution,” she says.
“We need to stand together as a community, as a country and ensure that our most vulnerable are looked after during this unprecedented time,” Reader concludes.
If you wish to get involved please register here: https://share.hsforms.com/1BV4IUYUvQTeBjdZbxOVfBw4hk84
Current Drop-Off Points:
Food Barn Deli, Noordhoek Farm Village
Lake Michelle Estate, Noordhoek
Chapmans Bay Estate, Noordhoek
Fish Hoek (81 Nelson Rd and 13 Sunray Rd off 1st Ave and Sunray Rd)
The Village Hub, Scarborough
If anyone has any questions or would like to get involved please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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