Spreading the joy all year round
ACFS is fortunate to have compassionate donors who make it possible for us to go into the heart of impoverished communities and serve our famous peanut butter sandwiches and milk all year round.
This continuity of nourishment is critical. Children don’t stop getting hungry just because it’s a school holiday; or because they live far from a feeding centre. In fact, school holidays are our busiest time. When government school feeding schemes close in the holidays, those children flock to us for food.
Our fleet of mobile feeding vans also operate all year round. We have four vans that go into informal settlements far from our feeding centres: to areas like Doornkop, Bram Fisher, Dobsonville and Chicken Farm. The vans serve about 4 000 people, who are identified through home visits and means tests.
Justina Phule from Kliptown informal settlement is one such beneficiary. She’s lived in a tiny, hot shack in Kliptown for 30 years and shares her house with her daughter and four grandchildren.
Life is incredibly difficult for Justina. She has no job, no electricity and no sanitation. But there’s one thing Justina thanks God for every day. And that’s ACFS.
“ACFS has made such a difference in my life. They do so much for us. The food parcels and especially the maize meal is such a blessing. And every day, I know that my grandchildren are each going to eat a fresh peanut butter sandwich. But the thing I appreciate most is the food garden. I grow cabbage, spinach, beetroot and carrots at ACFS. And when the garden matures, I eat something fresh every day for four weeks.”
Thank you once again to all our donors, for offering hope and joy – and peanut butter sandwiches – to ACFS beneficiaries all year round.