Kitchen’s blessings stretch far

2015-07-07 06:00
A soup kitchen in Manenberg serves just more than 100 people every week. Here a few people are enjoying their meal outside Moving Gospel Mission church. 

Chevon Booysen

A soup kitchen in Manenberg serves just more than 100 people every week. Here a few people are enjoying their meal outside Moving Gospel Mission church. PHOTO: Chevon Booysen

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The destitute are guaranteed at least one decent meal a week at a soup kitchen which some call a “blessing”.

The soup kitchen, run by the Moving Gospel Mission of South Africa in 5th Avenue, Manenberg, has been supplying a weekly meal to the most needy in the area for more than two years.

Parish leader Bishop Hansie Elliot says the kitchen was initiated after a need was realised in the community.

“We serve a large portion of people. Weekly we get just over 100 people standing at the gate to get their food,” he says.

Elliot says, although on the day People’s Post visited there was a shorter queue, “the need is still there”.

“People who come here every week are the people who are really in desperate need of a plate of food. Today was a bit different as some who frequent here are collecting their grant payouts,” he says.

“Sometimes the same people return every week and they spread the word to more people in need,” Elliot explains.

A homeless couple, Bradley Scheepers and Connie Wilkinson, visits the soup kitchen weekly and says they are grateful.

“We have been coming to the soup kitchen since it opened a few years ago. We are really grateful because we survive on this soup kitchen and another in the area and it’s the only food we get,” they say.

Michelle Botha (28), who lives in Manenberg, says she is also grateful for the work done by the church to feed the hungry.

“I am very glad I get to have this little I receive here weekly. It may be a little but it definitely goes a long way,” Botha says.

As she leaves the soup kitchen she says her 2F container will have to feed 10 mouths when she gets home.

Elliot says the soup kitchen is run purely on donations.

“We get a regular donation from a man living near the church and he donates three pockets of potatoes every week. This helps a lot but we also need many other ingredients,” he says.

Elliot says a soup truck from a large retailer visits the kitchen monthly where soup and bread is handed out on the day.

Elliot pleads with the community for donations so the soup kitchen may continue.V

Donations can be dropped off at the church in 5th Avenue, Manenberg. Monetary donations can be made at Standard Bank to the Moving Gospel Mission of SA with account number 072 798 408.


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