July, 2014 A recent local study shows that 12.6 percent of the South African population is food insecure. With a forecast of heavy rain ahead of Mandela Day, Cape Talk in partnership with the Dis-Chem Foundation wants to support those organizations that are making a difference. The Alpha and Omega Soup Kitchen opened in 2001 by Sarah Frey when she realized the terrible hunger situation in the Tafelsig and Lost City communities of Mitchells Plain. As the statistics show, many people are drowning in poverty and unemployment. Tafelsig is one such community and an idea that started with a few women in the area soon escalated into more than just a feeding scheme.
They knew people had to learn skills to survive and be sustainable. They have acquired sewing machines and are teaching women to produce garments to sell. The Alpha & Omega Soup Kitchen is now in its 13th year and is mainly funded by its committee members. Even though they receive donations from businesses and individuals they also run their own fund raising initiatives. Funding remains their biggest challenge.
This month the Dis-Chem Foundation has donated R40 000 to help ease the financial burden. In an interview with Cape Talk Breakfast show host, Kieno Kammies, founder of the Dis-Chem Foundation, Lynette Salzman said, “I want to thank the customers because it is due to them that we can donate to worthy causes.”