Going all out to feed the homeless

2019-06-25 06:00
Ladles of Love volunteers hand out food to homeless people in the City Bowl. PHOTO: thabang kuaho

Ladles of Love volunteers hand out food to homeless people in the City Bowl. PHOTO: thabang kuaho

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Heaps of homeless people in the City Bowl get to go to bed on a full stomach three nights a week thanks to a volunteer organisation, Ladles of Love.

Through its many volunteers the organisation takes to the streets on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evening to provide soup at various locations.

They offer a bowl of soup, bread and juice to its benefactors.

The idea for the kitchen came about when founder of the organisation, Danny Diliberto was doing a breathing meditation course and the theme of the day was “Server” – the act of giving back without expecting anything in return.

“We had to go out and give tea to the homeless and I was taken aback. That is when the idea of starting a soup kitchen came to me because I saw the need for it in the city,” Diliberto said.

He said the organisation has never found itself in the position where it ran out of supplies. He said the public has been generous with donations.

“We have received a lot of donations that would last us for the next couple of months from the public, our many volunteers and businesses.

“That is very comforting because we never had to worry about running out of food for the homeless.”

The food is prepared at his restaurant, Doppio Zero at St George’s Mall and taken to the public in the evening.

“Everything has been prepared at the restaurant, but luckily a new kitchen was donated to us and we expect it to be fully operational from July.”

With Mandela Day coming up, Diliberto called on citizens to either volunteer their time by helping out to prepare the meal and distribution or donate at least a R100 each towards buying more supplies to keep the soup kitchen running for longer.

“The public is also welcome to donate non-perishable foods towards the soup kitchen,” he said.

He said the theme for this year is “Mandela Day and Beyond”, a course that will ensure the longevity of the soup kitchen.

Apart from the soup kitchen, the money will also help establish a school feeding scheme for one of the schools that still need to be identified.V For more information or to donate, visit www.ladlesoflove.org.za.

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