Church opens its doors for the needy

2019-06-25 06:00
Residents queuing to get soup and bread. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

Residents queuing to get soup and bread. PHOTO: siphesihle notwabaza

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The Chapelry of Christ The Good Shepherd Anglican Church in Eastridge is not just a place of worship but a place where tummies can be filled with food.

Bridget Anthony of the church says they prepare sandwiches and soup for the needy residents in the area who queue patiently for their portions.

The mini soup kitchen happens every Wednesday.

Anthony and Vanda Solomons, are the church’s chapel wardens and have been members of the church for the past seven years. To prepare the meal they work with the Mothers Union which is a group of women in the church.

They cater for one day a week and said if it were not for the shortage of funds, it would be an everyday thing.

They said they started the mini soup kitchen more than two years ago after realising the need for it.

“We saw that people in the community are poor and we felt we needed to do something,” explained Anthony.

She said they prepare more than 20 loaves of bread and two pots of soup. Their wish is to expand and cook “real meals” because the demand grows.

“Some of these kids that you see here sometimes ask to dish out and bring home for their grandparents as well,” she said.

They struggle with finances, which means they can’t buy enough stock, but they shared that a few businesses have been supporting them with bread and soup bones.

“We also use the church petty cash to buy bread, but we would really appreciate any financial support,” Solomons added.

They say they might be based in the area, but they welcome anyone who comes. For them, this is their way to give back to the community and give thanks to God.

“We are doing this for the Lord. If I have nothing to give, I will give a smile. When I see them leave with something in their stomachs, I become happy,” said Anthony

They said they are not sure as to how many people they feed each Wednesday but that it is more than 100 each session.

Anthony commented on how grateful they are. “We also like the fact that people here appreciate what we do for them.”

One of the residents Nazlee Abrahams thanked the mothers for what they are doing for the community. She said she has been coming to the soup kitchen every Wednesday for the past two years.

“All I want to say to them is thank you. We appreciate what they are doing for us and I wish they continue,” said Abrahams.

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