Joburg-based children’s charity Africa Food For Thought (AFFT) has recently released a recipe book for the family, the aim of which is to raise funds to enable to charity to buy new premises, allowing AFFT to focus on doing what they do best – delivering food to hungry and vulnerable children. The non-profit organisation which is run by volunteers runs feeding projects at eleven schools and nine crèches, feeding more than 11 000 children a day. AFFT aims to provide lunches for primary schools in informal settlements such as Soweto, Slovoville and Kagiso.
“During our work with these schools, we came to the realisation that some of the children were particularly vulnerable, having been orphaned by AIDS and often living in child or granny-headed households,” says AFFT co-founder and CEO Debbie Higgs. “To make matters worse, these children are often not receiving any grant or aid from the government, whether it be through ignorance, fear of being institutionalised, or a lack of documentation such as birth certificates.”
AFFT supports 70 of these households which have been identified by the school by supplying them with additional monthly food parcels that consist of supplemental foods that are specifically-designed to enhance the immune system, in addition to basics such as tea, sugar, starch, seasonings, cooking oil, tinned goods, jams and spices. The recipe book is part of AFFT’s bid to raise between R800 000 and R1.2 million so that they can buy a home large enough to store the more than 3 tons of food that is currently distributed by the charity.
“We are currently based in a three-bedroom residential property and, due to the increase in demand for our much-needed services, we are beginning to run out of space. By purchasing a larger purpose-built facility, we will be in the position to handle a larger amount of parcels more efficiently, which will ultimately enable us to extend our reach to more than 100 of these most vulnerable child-headed families,” she explains.
The recipe books are available for purchase at R150 each, and if each are sold the charity will have made an R80 000 start to raising the funds that are so desperately needed. The recipe books contain family favourites that range from starters to mains, desserts and breakfasts, and have come from local families.
Anyone interested in purchasing the recipe book can contact Africa Food For Thought on (011) 472 5727 or 084 505 9020 or log on to www.afft.org.za