Retailer helps soup kitchen with fund raising

2017-06-01 06:00
Thozama Mayekiso, Thamsanqa Konza, store manager, and Mickey Linda co-founder of Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen, in front of Khayelitsha Mall Shoprite on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

Thozama Mayekiso, Thamsanqa Konza, store manager, and Mickey Linda co-founder of Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen, in front of Khayelitsha Mall Shoprite on Friday.PHOTO: Mbongiseni MASEKO

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On Friday, giant retailer Shoprite donated food to a soup kitchen, which is a place of hope for the needy and those with chronic illnesses.

Yiza Ekhaya Soup Kitchen also caters for needy children.

The store provide grocery and greens to members of the soup kitchen to sell at the entrance and take the proceedings home to help with the nutrition of their clients.

The soup kitchen was one of several non-profit organisations which were given access to the market by Shoprite Group across the country to raise awareness of World Hunger Day, which was on Sunday.

This was part of Shoprite’s hunger relief efforts.

Mickey Linda, 62, the founder of the soup kitchen, said they have raised a respectable amount of money towards their efforts.

Linda and Thozama Mayekiso, one of her partners, sold among other things, hot dogs, cakes and vegetables in front of the supermarket.

The organisation was established in 2009 as a vegetable garden and later the members transformed it into the soup kitchen.

Linda said Shoprite also taught them how to use wall-gardening as they ran out of space after they expanded their soup kitchen, in January.

“The wall-garden has helped us a lot, because we did not have space anymore. We started the soup kitchen after we were continuously visited by residents who asked for food before they could take their medication. We now have 270 patients who come for the soup and they are referred to us by clinics.

We also have about 80 children who come for breakfast before they go to school. Shoprite has helped a lot,” she said.

They also plant herbs such as celery, which are part of their diet.

Bokomo Foods and Metropolitan are also some of the companies that sponsor them.

Thamsanqa Konza, Shoprite store manager, said the initiative was meant for raising funds for the soup kitchen to be able to carry out their operations.

Konza said they gave the soup kitchen stock from the store to the tune of R3000 and that the profit generated went to their pockets.

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