1000 Women Trust focuses on sustainability of food kitchens

CAPE TOWN. – 1000 Women Trust’s War against Hunger is continuing unabated, as the organization has embarked on a new campaign to ensure the sustainability of its 45 soup kitchens which feeds 20 000 people per day, said Tina Thiart, founder member of 1000 Women Trust.

“It is about the sustainability of food kitchens. We are helping them to register kitchens, non-profit organizations and at the South African Revenue Services so that they can access funding,” Thiart said.

“We also encourage sustainable food gardens, sewing groups, recycling and engage with companies to support the sustainability of the kitchens. Kids go to school so some also work with school and/or creche soup kitchens and we encourage the kitchens to work with Community Action Networks to confirm more community members to join food kitchens and help them,” Thiart added.

According to Statistics SA in 2020,  62.1 percent of South African children aged 0-17 years are multidimensionally poor. A child is said to be multidimensionally poor when they are living in households where they are deprived of at least three out of seven dimensions of poverty (health, housing, nutrition, protection, education, information, water and sanitation).

According to a report in Daily Maverick on 8th May 2020, 34 percent of the South African population go to sleep hungry every night.

Consumers in low-income areas continue to be hard hit by the price of maize in particular despite bumper crops and good rains reported by the agricultural sector in 2020. (source: www.iol.co.za, 1st February 2021).

The latest Household Affordability Index shows the price of maize meal and other maize products continue to increase with basic and core food items such as sugar beans, rice, flour and bread seeing hikes between 31% and 68%.

Over the past five months, consumers have experienced an increase of R194.86 in the cost of their basic food basket.

Grain SA chief executive Jan de Villiers said while there was more than enough food in the country, the current high prices derived from the current international situation.

“Currently there is a huge demand for maize coming from China that is taking a substantial amount. And there was a drought in the Southern Hemisphere which resulted in a below-average crop.

“We also have to take into consideration that the exchange rate worsened which pushed prices in South Africa so the prices are not just derived from local conditions but also from the international supply and demand context.” (Source: www.iol.co.za, 1st February 2021)

From April to July 2020, the 1000 Warriors initiative was born. In record time, 45 community soup kitchens were established, reeding 20 000 people every day.

“We need South Africans to assist the trust with raising much-needed funds to sustain and expand projects including the 45 food kitchens, our on-going education initiatives to unite against bullying, gender-based violence, trauma support and the Isolated but not alone campaign.

“The saying goes give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, teach him to fish and he will eat for life. We know that when you teach a woman to fish, you feed the community,” Thiart added.