The effect of Covid-19 on employment has meant that many people have found themselves out of work with no means of feeding themselves and their families. Closure of schools has meant that many children have been without the food that they received as part of the education.
The Cape Town Peace Centre is supporting a community feeding project in the Mitchells Plain area. Run by volunteers, it can provide 400 meals for R500 a day. Breakfasts of maize meal work out at R260 a day. The project endeavours to operate from Monday to Friday but is entirely dependent on donations.
All members of the community are fed – especially mothers, children and the elderly.
Heading the Peace Centre support is Meagan Cloete, the Centre’s project manager. Meagan lives in the area and is active in many school and community projects.
The Peace Centre joined forces with the Cape Town Braveheartz bikers to provide much needed food parcels and blankets to disadvantaged people in Mitchells Plain. The event was based on the campaign against Gender Based Violence. This was held in August 2020, part of Women’s Month.
Women from the surrounding communities gathered together and shared details about abuse they have experienced growing up and even in their marriages, some are beaten daily. The bikers themselves also recounted their experiences.
The Peace Centre was able to advise people going through these traumas on resources such as safe houses, counselling, etc.