Feeding the needy in IY

The Community Cook Up IY team, from left, are Sixolile Sinxoto and his son, Anqobile, 4; Yanga Gqoboka; China Siphoko; Athi Sivatsha; Sonny Phulo; Athenkosi Twalatse founder, Tjarla Norton; and volunteer Misty MacLachlan.

The Community Cook Up IY project, is helping to feed the needy in Imizamo Yethu.

On Friday July 14, the non-profit organisation invited the community to join them, to donate their time, funds or a pot of food.

A snaking line of children, another of adults, took turns to have bowls filled with stew prepared by the project’s team from a trailer donated by a Belgian cargo company.

According to Community Cook Up IY founder Tjarla Norton, the project started in 2017 when a fire ravaged Imizamo Yethu, leaving about 10 000 people homeless, and the group prepared two 25-litre pots of stew and rice, made possible by donations from the community.

“A lot of our friends lost their homes in that fire and were moved to a local temporary relocation area. We made a commitment to the community to feed as many people as we can afford. Currently we make five 25-litre pots of food and feed almost 500 children every Friday,” said Ms Norton.

Food is cooked at Love in a Bowl, a community initiative that grows organic veggies in community farms throughout Hout Bay.

Beauty Ncedani said she was taking the food to her shack to share with her grandson. Anoxolo Yekani was sharing the food with her two small children.

Ms Norton asks for volunteers to work with them. “There’s something special about coming together to prepare food for our community. The Cook Up is a melting pot of diverse backgrounds, cultures, and stories. We celebrate our differences, learn from one another, and make a difference by taking the three communities of Hout Bay to work as one,” she said.

Email info@cookup.org.za, or call 082 427 3167 for details.

Community Cook Up IY feeds almost 500 children every Friday, according to the project’s founder, Tjarla Norton.
Dishing up, from left, Athi Sivatsha, China Siphoko and Sonny Phulo.
From left, Anoxolo Yekani, Xix Zimkhitha Ndude and Beauty Ncedani.
Community Cook Up IY’s China Siphoko serving food.