Care for children
Trevor Huddleston

Our history goes back to 1945, when the late Bishop Trevor Huddleston started soup kitchens in winter for hungry children in Alexandra and Soweto.

Five years later, the first permanent feeding centre was established and the scheme was feeding 4000 children daily.

Early on ACFS rejected the idea of handouts. We believed that the problem was caused by poverty and lack of knowledge – and the focus of the scheme turned to health education and programmes designed to help poverty-stricken people become economically independent.

Special tribute must be paid to the thousands of supporters – ordinary members of the public as well as influential businessmen and women – who have embraced these values and provided the funds that have sustained the organisation over the years.

Together, we have improved the quality of life for so many people, and helped to combat the scourge of malnutrition, poverty and HIV/AIDS.


The needs of the communities we serve have increased significantly in recent years; firstly, as a result of the scourge of HIV and AIDS which has left many families without breadwinners and – more recently – the global economic recession which has led to the loss of some 35 000 jobs nation wide every month.

Against this background, the African Children's Feeding Scheme works tirelessly to improve the quality of life for those hardest hit – in particular orphans and vulnerable children, child-headed households and those in the care of elderly grandmothers.

We operate throughout Soweto, Kagiso, Tshepisong in the West Rand, Alexandra, Thembisa, Kwa-Thema and Tsakane in the East Rand.


The ACFS is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO No. 001-213) and Public Beneficiary Organisation (PBO no. 930000475) which operates under the leadership of a Board of Trustees.

19 Area Committees, comprised of community leaders within our areas of operation, assist in decision making, and there are additional committees engaged in specific tasks, eg. fundraising.

Donor funds are used strictly for the purchase of food, transport costs, administration expenses, nutritional education, HIV/AIDS, child care, skills training and marketing.


ACFS is indebted to a wide circle of individual donors, companies and foundations who take a keen interest in our work and are always willing to lend a helping hand.

We are extremely grateful to those organisations that have formed partnerships with us in order to promote and sustain our projects.

In particular, we thank Tiger Brands for their ongoing sponsorship of food parcels and peanut butter; The Elma Foundation; Game Stores; Wesbank; Hollard Foundation; Malibo Foods; Vodacom Foundation; Nashua Mobile; Anglo American Chairman's Fund; De Beers Chairman's Fund; Ifihlile Airconditioning; Makro; Dischem Foundation; Hearts of Gold; Sai Baba Group, Randburg; Standard Bank Rivonia; Deloitte; Hollard Foundation; Festiam Cutting Works; Soul Sisters and Mini Councillors.

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