A labour of love

2016-08-02 06:00
Cecil and Zelda Isaacs at the plot they plan to develop in order to house their soup kitchen in Lentegeur. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

Cecil and Zelda Isaacs at the plot they plan to develop in order to house their soup kitchen in Lentegeur. PHOTO: Samantha Lee

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It was a calling from a divine power that gave them the confirmation to start a feeding scheme that now feeds more than 500 children every week.

A Lentegeur couple have been preparing warm meals for the children for almost four years now and say they do so out of love.

Pastor Cecil Isaacs and his wife Zelda, run a soup kitchen from their Lentegeur home and recently acquired a plot of land that will grow their own vegetables.

Cecil says he grew up with positive influences. “My mother used to feed children and when I was staying there children would still come and knock looking for food,” he says.

He met Zelda a few years later and after they married, she too wanted to start a kitchen. Cecil and Zelda confirm in the beginning they would feed the children from informal settlements but saw the need in their own community. “We started with just one gas burner and we would put a pot of soup on and then we would watch it all night and then get up to put another pot on so that it could cool in time for us to serve the children after school,” says Cecil.

The couple now has plans to expand the soup kitchen. A registered NPO, they have acquired a piece on lease from the City of Cape Town.

Zelda says: “We want to get a few containers and water and electricity to the plot so that we can serve and cook there.”

On Monday 18 July, Woolworths employees planted vegetables on the plot.

Further plans to develop the land are in place and will happen in due course.

“We do this out of our own pockets and there are some people who give to us but on average our budget is R10 500 per month,” says Cecil.

Zelda says they are doing this for the right reasons and hope that the kitchen will continue even long after they are gone.

V to donate to the kitchen, contact Pastor Cecil Isaacs on 0799282714 or email c.isaacs2012@gmail.com.

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