Thieves target soup kitchen twice in one week

2016-10-05 06:00
This was all that was left of the soup kitchen’s supplies.       Photo: SUPPLIED

This was all that was left of the soup kitchen’s supplies. Photo: SUPPLIED

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STARVING people had to be turned away from a soup kitchen and little children could not get their porridge after thieves had broken into a soup kitchen and daycare centre.

The Grootboom Hope Foundation, which runs a feeding scheme and daycare centre from two containers in Timothy Valley, was the target of two break-ins in the same week. The thieves stole all the foodstuffs, the gas stove, gas cylinders and fridge.

They even went as far as taking the little mattresses on which the children take their naps.

“They took all the food like the porridge, milk and sugar, and we had nothing to feed the people with. When the children came to creche in the morning we couldn’t give them their porridge as usual. It was not a nice feeling at all,” said pastor David Grootboom, founder of the Grootboom Hope Foundation.

He and his wife, Cynthia, had been struggling with break-ins at the soup kitchen for some time, but this was the first time they had been the target twice in one week.

The soup kitchen feeds about 600 people per day, and runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The daycare centre cares for 30 children.

“It was very hard to tell the people that there is no food for them. Some of them simply don’t understand. It is heartbreaking to send people away knowing they will have nothing to eat. For most people, this soup kitchen provides the only meal they will have for the day,” Grootboom said.

A case had been opened at the police station.

The Grootboom Hope Foundation can be contacted on 078 669 6269.

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