Feeding others with their pension

2019-02-05 06:20

A group of 10 elderly women from St Luke’s Anglican Church in Bergvliet are determined to continue feeding the empty tummies of the homeless people from in and around their community.

One of the members, Magdalene Poggenpoel, says this is part of carrying on the legacy of the church, as the initiative was started by the church leaders many years ago and she and the rest of the members have since taken over. She says although they have to dig into their pockets as pensioners, they have over the years realised the need as the number of homeless people has grown. She says that looking at the issue in a holistic manner, they got to understand that not all those living on the streets are vagrants, but some are people who “unfortunately” cannot afford the cost of living. “They have families and deserve to be treated with dignity. Sadly, some of those who used to come to our soup kitchen many years ago passed on living under the same circumstances. We are not a formal organisation so we do not have any funding, but we believe we still make a difference and they have something to look forward to once in a while.”

These elderly women serve meals to up to 100 homeless people every first Sunday of the month.

Poggenpoel says the numbers differs every month as some of the homeless also receive social grants and manage to survive the first days of the month.

Relying solely on their pockets, they welcome donations from all corners of life and at this stage, she says they mostly receive support from church members and a local supermarket.

V For information about donating towards their initiative, contact Magdalene Poggenpoel on 021 715 9704.


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