Nourish Our Children

The Nourish Our Children Programme aims to end malnutrition in children living in Cape Town, South Africa

Malnutrition in children is still a huge problem in South Africa, especially here in the Cape Peninsula.

Did you know that children make up more than half of our soup kitchens lines every day?

With almost 70% of children living below the poverty line in South Africa. Many of them do still do not have access to nutritious food to help develop their growing bodies and minds. Malnutrition in children continues to be a serious issue in our poor communities where access to the right food is limited or unavailable.

A child cannot focus let alone learn on an empty stomach. There are many schools and ECD Centres that fall outside of the Government’s quantile system.  Many of our beneficiaries who also manage on-site ECDs struggle to get funding and equipment to help run their establishments. They are also in need of food to feed the children every day, while also feeding the children in their communities.

young boy receiving his meal at a local soup kitchen i cape town to advocate and end to malnutrition in children.
children waiting in line to receive hot meals and sandwiches at a soup kitchen to advocate why malnutrition in children must end.
ladles of love founder danny diliberto sits with young boy at a cape town ecd who wants to end malnutrition in children

So many children run to these soup kitchens after school for lunch. Meals comprise of a nutritious dish of hot food with a sandwich. Sandwiches are eaten for lunch, while the meal is consumed later for dinner.

What is the Nourish Our Children Programme and why we need to end malnutrition in children today?

In March 2021, Ladles of Love launched the Nourish Our Children campaign in awareness of Human Rights Day. Everyone has a right to a healthy nutritious meal, especially our children.

The reality is that malnutrition in children continues to grow in the Cape. We have now turned the Nourish our Children campaign into one of our on-going programmes. The aim is to:

  • Provide weekly bulk food, fresh produce and essential groceries.
  • Top up with home-made sandwiches from our Sandwich Drive.
  • Assist in the establishment of food gardens and edible education.
two children standing in line at a soup kitchen with their bowls waiting to be served to show why we must end malnutrition in children

How can we end malnutrition in children and what can you do?

Your donation can secure more meals for our children at our network of beneficiaries and their ECDs every day. Let’s end malnutrition in children in the Cape today.

Better yet, you can secure their meal with a monthly debit order of R200 or any amount.

To businesses looking to develop their CSI and Corporate Social Responsibility programmes, we invite you to partner with us. If you are looking to help invest in our future and help in the development in our city’s children through a feeding scheme, product and/or service donations please contact us directly at,za

Together we are #HumanityAgainstHunger


*Video shot in February 2021 

south african boy smiling over bowl of fresh and nutritious food

Malnutrition in children exists in more than half of South Africa's children today.

“The South African Child Gauge report concludes that there has been almost no improvement in the food and nutrition security of children living in South Africa over the past two decades.”

South African Child Gauge Report published 28 February 2021

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