FACEBOOK group Voices of Pietermaritzburg (Vop) has embarked on a five-week journey to feed pupils from less fortunate schools around Pietermaritzburg, starting with Haythorne Secondary School last week. Porridge donated by Truda, and sandwiches with apples were donated to the children, ensuring that the pupils will have breakfast through the course of their exams and guaranteeing that they will not sit down to write their exams on an empty stomach. “We were at Haythorne Secondary bright and early. The children were so surprised and chuffed that the apples and sandwiches were for them and free,” said Deidre DeWee. Director of Vop, Michelle Stevens, thanked Deidre and Linda DeWee, who were instrumental in making the food and supplying it to the school as well as the donors. “A special thank you to Deidre’s children who helped her make the sandwiches as well as our donors who we could not do what we do without each and every one of them,” said Stevens. Maria Turnbull, another member of Vop, said a young man in matric was referred to Vop as he had not eaten anything in two days and that is when they decided to start this initiative. “After hearing this we decided to go ahead and feed the pupils from various schools,” said Turnbull. Vop is a Facebook group that helps people with groceries and clothing as well as school uniforms and stationery.