South Africa

Maverick Life, South Africa

Stretch Kitchen: Using downtime to uplift less fortunate

Stretch Kitchen: Using downtime to uplift less fortunate

Wednesday are slow days at Stretch Inc so the company decided to put the time to use and open a soup kitchen in Zonnebloem, Cape Town. Within only a few weeks Stretch Kitchen has attracted a number of sponsors and it is already feeding more than 100 people once a week. By LIESL VENTER, CSR NEWSROOM.

All photos by JENNIFER BRUCE.

A new soup kitchen in Zonnebloem, Cape Town, is proving that it does not take much to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

StretchKitchen001.jpg

Watch: Stretch Kitchen

The brainchild of Daniel Meyer, director of bedouin tent company Stretch Inc, the soup kitchen managed to get several sponsors on board within only a few weeks and is already feeding more than 100 people once a week.

StretchKitchen002.jpg

We never realised the impact this would have. What feels like only a small contribution on our part is making a huge difference to these people,” Meyer said. He decided to start the kitchen using resources he had available in his company after seeing the impact of giving food to homeless people during a personal development programme.

StretchKitchen003.jpg

Wednesdays are administrative days at our company and so none of the team is all that busy. We decided to put the time and our equipment to use and open a soup kitchen.”

StretchKitchen004.jpg

The soup kitchen is aptly called Stretch Kitchen. Meyer and his business partner, Aiden Gerber, and several employees put up a tent every Wednesday afternoon before setting out a spread of soup and bread.

StretchKitchen005.jpg

Initially we were making the soup ourselves but the Kloof Street Kwikspar has come on board and are now sponsoring the soup while Knead Bakery in Gardens is donating the bread,” said Meyer. “The first week we had less than 10 people here. We are now at more than 100 and the queue is growing.”

StretchKitchen006.jpg

According to a recent study by the city’s mayoral committee for social development, there are more than 7,000 homeless people in Cape Town. The phenomenon is considered extremely complex and the city has increased its efforts to deal with it. The city has called on Cape Town residents to work with it and nonprofit organisations to reduce the number of homeless people on the streets. DM

StretchKitchen007.jpg

StretchKitchen009.jpg

StretchKitchen010.jpg

StretchKitchen011.jpg

StretchKitchen012.jpg

Gallery

Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted

We would like our readers to start paying for Daily Maverick...

…but we are not going to force you to. Over 10 million users come to us each month for the news. We have not put it behind a paywall because the truth should not be a luxury.

Instead we ask our readers who can afford to contribute, even a small amount each month, to do so.

If you appreciate it and want to see us keep going then please consider contributing whatever you can.

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options