Digging for food - and finding dignity
World Hunger Day on 16 October aims to raise awareness about the millions of people living in chronic hunger worldwide. This year’s theme focuses not just on food, but on empowering people living with hunger.
We like to think that we’re ahead of this curve. The food gardens we’ve established at ACFS feeding centres are a long-term sustainable solution to hunger and poverty – and we encourage all our beneficiaries to turn their hands to the soil and take the lead in addressing their own food needs.
Our gardening projects are supported by a diverse group of community members: from parents, grandparents and children, to people in wheelchairs who tend to raised beds.
Thank you for helping ACFS beneficiaries provide for themselves. Your gifts offer more than food: they offer dignity too. Thank you!
Left: Simangele Maguma, a mother of two teenagers, has been growing vegetables at our Zola feeding centre for over a year. “I’m unemployed and rely on social grants. The food I grow at Zola helps me a lot. Sometimes we eat what I grow and sometimes I sell it. I don’t know what I’d do without ACFS food parcels and food gardening,” Simangele says.
Middle: Vuyelwa Ludidi is originally from Matatiele in the Eastern Cape and now lives on a stand in Orange Farm. She’s a hard worker and her efforts at our Zola food garden are rewarded by healthy crops of green peppers, carrots and spinach. “I grow more vegetables than most because I fertilize with kraal manure and water every day. I share my crop with everyone. I also collect recycling so that I can send my grandchildren to school,” Vuyelwa says.
Right: Even when Pimville manager Doreen Boshielo is away, she knows that the food garden is in good hands. “The beauty you see growing at Pimville is thanks to these three ladies: Ama Raphire, Alina Beile and Monica Twala. These ladies run the show when I’m not here,” says Doreen. Every one of the 65 adult beneficiaries at Pimville has something to take home to eat from the food garden – but first they have to put in the effort. A food garden co-ordinator keeps a record of what is planted and what is taken home, to ensure the crop is evenly shared.