Kitchen volunteers keen to expand

2016-02-16 06:00
CJ Roper, with red tray, and some volunteers of Youth Solutions Africa get ready to serve breakfast to the needy in Salt River. PHOTO: gary van dyk

CJ Roper, with red tray, and some volunteers of Youth Solutions Africa get ready to serve breakfast to the needy in Salt River. PHOTO: gary van dyk

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Volunteers in Salt River are on a mission to bring about social change through sustainable development and the empowerment of previously disadvantaged adults and children.

Youth Solutions Africa, based in Shelby Road, runs a homeless shelter, a soup kitchen, an aftercare facility for children, a fully functioning early childhood development programme in Philippi and a skills training programme.

CJ Roper of the organisation explains that the soup kitchen in Salt River is one of the organisation’s successes.

“We provide one meal per day, alternating between breakfast and lunch, for those living on the streets, and also for those staying in our homeless shelter, as well as children in the area,” she says.

“We feed up to eighty people per day; always a hot, substantial meal, consisting of chicken, meat or soya mince, rice or mealie meal, vegetables, bread and coffee or tea.”

While they are making ends meet they are still in need of help to enhance the project, she says. “We would like to expand our projects so that we can help more people.”

Their current needs are: a two-plate gas burner and cylinders, a chest freezer, pots and pans, tables and chairs, a microwave oven, plastic cups and plates, cleaning material, toys for girls and boys ages 6 to 12, blankets, as well as food like rice, bread, rolls, maize meal, sugar, coffee, tea, milk powder, spices, soya mince, beans, potatoes, onions, margarine, jam and oil.

Roper adds they invite people in the community to become involved as volunteers.

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