Food for Life launched in Tongaat

2016-02-18 06:00
Members of Food for Life seen in action. Photo: supplied

Members of Food for Life seen in action. Photo: supplied

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FOOD For Life Tongaat (FFLT) was officially launched with the first “big feed” in the community over the weekend.

The Big Feed saw 18 pots of food being cooked at the Chinna Thirupathi Vishnu Dharmshala (CTVD) Temple and more than 4 500 plates of food being prepared for distribution throughout Tongaat and surrounding areas­.

FFLT PRO Shaun Maharaj said the aim of the organisation is to alleviate hunger and promote nutrition through monthly food programmes, including the bigger quarterly project.

“We are going to be targeting schools and the community during the big feeds,” said Maharaj.

“We plan to distribute over 1000 plates of food every month and hold four big feeds in Tongaat a year.”

The big feeds are planned to take place quarterly while the monthly programme will take place on the first and third Saturday of every month.

“We are excited to be in the community of Tongaat and working towards creating a hunger­-free community,” said Maharaj.

“The reception was great and the launch was a huge success.”

Maharaj welcomed others to get involved in the project by sponsoring ingredients for the food or through their time during the preparation of meals or distribution.

“We have a philosophy where we welcome people to sponsor ingredients for a pot and to also physically cook with us and distribute the meals.

“The whole experience is so satisfying and rewarding to see the happiness it creates,” said Maharaj.

For the first big feed, FFLT partnered with the SAPS and CTVD and also had Miss India South Africa Krishna Priya with the team whom Maharaj­ thanked for their support.

Some of the areas the big feed visited included Magwaveni, Burbreeze, Frazers, Emona, Dennis Heights, Gwalas Farm, Makani, Belvedere Mews Zone 5, Rajkumars, Angel’s Park A/B Block, Tongaat CBD, Truro Gardens, Pholani, Lungalani, and Westbrook Retirement Village.

“A special thanks to sponsors who contributed to the ingredients, distributions, SAPS, CTVD and Don Singh from Donish for the continued support,” said Maharaj.

FFLT is part of Food For Life South Africa, which is affiliated to Food For Life Global.

For more information or to get involved, call 072 445 4988 or email ffl.tongaat @gmail.com

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