A meal from the heart

2016-05-17 06:00
Mogamat Smith from Hill View feeding kitchen making food which will be served to around 300 needy people in their community. Their aim is to feed local children who would otherwise go hungry.

Mogamat Smith from Hill View feeding kitchen making food which will be served to around 300 needy people in their community. Their aim is to feed local children who would otherwise go hungry.

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A Sunday meal with family is something special for everyone and most people look forward to it.

However, with the harsh economic situation and social challenges, not everyone can afford that Sunday meal.

This is why the Hill View feeding kitchen is giving out food to the needy in their community so that everyone has that special Sunday meal. Started in February this year they feed over 300 people every Sunday.

They fork out money from their own pockets and make cuisines like mutton akni, curries and beans to feed the less fortunate. If they have enough for the week, on other days they make soup. Their main aim is to feed children and the elderly but they also cater for adults if they have surplus food. Leftovers are given to their nearby communities. However, with the demand for food they seldom have anything left.

The feeding kitchen was started to adress poverty, with a number of parents on drugs and involved in gangsterism who leave children hungry the whole day. The feeding scheme caters to people coming from far areas like Overcome Heights, Seawinds, Military Heights and Lavender Hill.

Whaleed Hamza, assistant chairperson for the feeding kitchen says looking at the children go hungry was not an option. “We couldn’t sit and do nothing. It broke our hearts seeing children without anything to eat. We don’t have funds and everything that we do we do from our own pockets. We take each week as it comes. We love what we do and we feel happy by helping other people with that special meal on a Sunday. Each time we have numbers of people increase, our policy is simple. We make food for these people as good as if we are making it for ourselves. We want them to have something special. Before we dish out we sit down and eat it ourselves so that we make sure that we are giving them the best.”

Gasant Bailey, who also helps in the kitchen, says he is honoured to be part of the people making a difference. “I’m not employed and when I look at these people in the queues waiting for food I think that could have been me. Life has a lot of challenges and people have been knocked down. We don’t judge because we don’t know what happened. We just try to give them our best. It makes us happy to give to those who don’t have. We love what we do,” he says.

Their wish is to feed more people and working from their own funds is limiting. They are appealing for anyone who can help with donation like rice, potatoes, meat, beans, spices so that they can feed more people.

V Those who want to help can call 074 813 5179.

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