The aim of the organisation is to pack and distribute 30 food parcels on a monthly basis.
COMMITTEE members of the Platfontein-based Lebone Soup Kitchen distributed 30 food parcels to members of the Platfontein community on the weekend.
The organisation received funding from the National Lottery Commission (NLC) in March 2020 and was scheduled to start feeding disadvantaged members of the Platfontein community from mid-March 2020.
Due to the Covid-19 regulations, however, the soup kitchen could not start operating and had to remain closed to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
The soup committee liaised with the monitoring and evaluating officer from the NLC, who had assisted the committee members since the start of their application process.
He advised the committee to pack food parcels for the community members, seeing that they couldn’t operate the soup kitchen.
The chairperson of the Lebone Soup Kitchen, Matumbo Mohambo, pointed out that they were advised to stick to the lockdown regulations of keeping social distance and ensuring that masks were worn at all times.
“Committee members of the soup kitchen convened a meeting to discuss the way forward regarding the allocated funds,” Mohambo said.
It was agreed that they would pack and distribute 30 food parcels on a monthly basis.
“It is hoped to continue with the food parcels by stretching our limited budget for the duration of the financial year to honour our contractual obligation with the National Lotteries Commission,” she stated.
Mohambo added that once the soup kitchen’s allocated funds were depleted, they would seek a helping hand from the Department of Social Development as soon as the department’s applications are open for soup kitchens.
“Over this past weekend, we distributed our first 30 food parcels and the next distribution of food parcels will be on June 16 again,” she added.