“I love people. I have had the privilege of learning about their lives and journey.”
Each food parcel is made of flour, tea, mielie meal, candles, baked beans, sugar, salt, soup powder, soap and rice.
“I was still using my own money, so I wrote to my friends and asked for them to pledge donations of a certain amount every month for one parcel a week.
“Some people did, some did not, but some gave more.
“During the pandemic in 2020, we went from 50 parcels to 550, it was huge.”
Food4Futures worked with more than 60 volunteers for the eight months of hard lockdown in partnership with the cathedral of St Michael and St George, which provided the financial backing for the project, as well as receiving 200 food parcels from the Siya Kolisi Foundation.
“Whole families would come and help us pack. We turned huge amounts, tonnes of food, into individual bags.
“It felt like a tidal wave, food was coming in and out.
“After restrictions eased, people went back to work and the church said it's their funds had run out. People had restarted, but we knew people still needed help.”