Umlazi ward 80 soup kitchen helping the poor
The ward 80 soup kitchen in Umlazi, V section has been providing meals to help community members that are less fortunate.
In 2011, the ward councillor Mthokozisi Nojiyeza introduced the soup kitchen to the community members to help provide food for the poor.
Andiswa Mthembu, a ward committee member said the aim of the soup kitchen is to provide meals for poor community members and help reduce poverty in the township.
“Some families do not have sufficient food due to unemployment and other issues. Throughout the years more families have relied on the soup kitchen for food. The food collection time is between 12 pm and 2 pm for the community members,” said Mthembu.
Nonhlanhla Sibisi, is one of the unemployed community members benefiting from the soup kitchen. She said if it was not for the soup kitchen her family would sometimes go to bed on an empty stomach.
“My children and I go to the ward office to collect food from the soup kitchen daily because I am an unemployment single parent. The kitchen ladies are very dedicated and they make sure that they dish up the food on time for the community members,” said Sibisi.
Lindiwe Bhengu, one of the ladies working at the soup kitchen said on a daily she serves food to more than 30 people including young children, the elderly and unemployment community members.
“I have passion for cooking and serving food to those in need especially during the lockdown, all the soup kitchen staff members work very hard in ensuring they cook enough food for the community,” said Bhengu.