Feed­ing scheme springs into ac­tion

Cape Times - - NEWS - YOLISA TSWANYA [email protected]

AFTER Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa de­clared the Covid-19 out­break a na­tional dis­as­ter and said that schools would be clos­ing al­most a week early, the Penin­sula School Feed­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (PSFA) sprung into ac­tion.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion raised more than R400 000 in less than four hours last Thurs­day when they ap­pealed for help to en­sure meals con­tin­ued to be pre­pared for pupils in im­pov­er­ished ar­eas dur­ing the pan­demic.

PSFA fundrais­ing man­ager Charles Grey thanked the nu­mer­ous in­di­vid­u­als, foun­da­tions, busi­nesses, churches and mosques that con­trib­uted.

“In re­sponse to the pres­i­dent of South Africa’s spe­cial ad­dress, PSFA is pleased to in­form you that we will be pro­vid­ing in­gre­di­ents for daily meals to be pre­pared and served to pupils af­fected by poverty at var­i­ous com­mu­nity kitchens in the greater Cape Town area.”

Grey said the funds would en­sure that a daily nu­tri­tious cooked lunch would be pre­pared and served to the chil­dren for a pe­riod of 16 days dur­ing the ex­tended school hol­i­days.

The feed­ing pro­gramme be­gan to­day and will run un­til April 9, and will feed a to­tal of 4 200 chil­dren.

“The cooks at each kitchen will pre­pare and serve the meals to each child in a con­tainer.

“Each child that re­ceives a meal will then be asked to take their food home.

“This will as­sist with avoid­ing any form of gath­er­ing at each kitchen. The com­mu­nity kitchens will be spread­ing the word to the chil­dren in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties about the free meals. They will be asked to bring their own con­tain­ers.”

The lunches will be served at the fol­low­ing com­mu­nity kitchens: Jab­u­lani Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in Park­wood,

Price­less Hon­our Com­mu­nity Project in Blue Downs, Guardians of the Na­tional Trust in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Cafda in Philippi, Youth Out­reach Cen­tre in Cloetesvil­le, Stel­len­bosch, Siphekela Isizwe Com­mu­nity Feed­ing Project in Gugulethu, Siphekela Isizwe Com­mu­nity Feed­ing Project in Joe Slovo Park, Mil­ner­ton, and the Smart King­dom Kids in Re­treat.

Camps Bay High School also did their bit and made gro­cery packs for needy pupils.

Prin­ci­pal David de Korte said: “Fam­i­lies sur­viv­ing on small in­comes are liv­ing pay­check to pay­check, and they have no re­serves or fall-back po­si­tions, no sav­ings to use in a cri­sis. We have a school feed­ing scheme that we know some chil­dren rely on in terms of a daily meal.”

De Korte said 28 pupils had been iden­ti­fied as need­ing as­sis­tance, and that they would be sent food parcels over the next two weeks.

Do­na­tions to the PSFA can be made on­line at www.psfa.org.za

FOOD parcels be­ing pre­pared at Camps Bay High School for needy pupils.

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