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West Bank woman cooks for 300 destitute people every week

Jackie Godfrey of the NPO CAUSE I CAN to feed the hungry.
Jackie Godfrey of the NPO CAUSE I CAN to feed the hungry.
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Every week, West Bank resident Jackie Godfrey feeds about 300 people with home-cooked meals she prepares at home.

It takes a lot of time and effort but Godfrey, 53, who started non-profit organisation Because I Can, keeps going amid challenges.

The inspiration started two years ago when she helped out at another organisation.

I help about 300 people per week. I cook for the needy and also supply clothes to those in need. Some people come with their family members, which can be six members

She said: “I help about 300 people per week. I cook for the needy and also supply clothes to those in need. Some people come with their family members, which can be six members.

“I cook on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I enjoy what I do very much.”

Godfrey uses her own personal finance in sustaining the organisation.

“There is a farmer who supplies the organisation with vegetables. We get donations from people across the city, but the majority of the things we buy on our own.

“We are living in difficult times. People are losing everything because of the difficult financial situation. It is  sad seeing someone lose everything and ending up homeless.

“We are here for our community and those who are in need, serving those who are less fortunate.”

Godfrey relies on donations to keep her NPO afloat.

Nominator Will Granzier said Godfrey had been instrumental in trying to assist people no matter what their needs were.

“From young children needing school shoes and uniforms or clothing, to a mom needing a mattress for a baby, to a parent looking for a cot to help a newborn. She even tries to help the needy with simple items like toiletries which are donated from people responding to her Facebook requests for assistance.”

She sometimes cooks a stew, soup and rolls or just plain vegetables. 

Graziner said Godfrey did get assistance from Premier Bakery and a few local businesses, but fell short in many areas as she could not reach everyone.

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