The Desiree Ellis Foundation received a much needed boost for their soup kitchen from Cape Town Mayor Dan Plato.
The foundation asked the local government for assistance during the pandemic.
The foundation, with its partner The Alcardo Andrews Foundation, hands out between 400 and 600 meals a day in and around Hanover Park.
Yesterday, Plato handed over a three-plate burner stove, a gas canister, two large pots and dry food ingredients to the foundation.
Ellis, the former soccer captain of Banyana Banyana, says the donation will help them feed more needy people.
“This donation will ensure that no one goes to bed [with] an empty stomach,” she says.
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Ellis currently coaches the women’s national soccer team and says she always wanted to give back to her community and the soup kitchen has made that possible.
According to the mayor’s office they have supported more than 80 soup kitchens across the metro with equipment and ingredients since the start of the lockdown.
Plato said despite the move to lockdown Level 3 and the opening up of more economic sectors, the need for help remains.
The mayor says the donations are to assist organisations that are feeding residents in need.
“By capacitating these organisations we hope to ease the impact of Covid-19 on our communities,” he says.