More than 250,000 meals provided
Operation Soup-A-Heroes is addressing the hunger crisis exacerbated by the COVID-19 lockdown, especially for those who live hand to mouth. Since the alcohol ban went into effect in South Africa on March 27, local breweries and restaurants found creative ways to try and stay afloat. Craft breweries typically use the equivalent of giant kettles to make beer. Across the country, this equipment is being repurposed as giant cooking pots to make mass quantities of nutritional soup. It is then delivered to NGOs for distribution among the communities.
While the alcohol ban has now been lifted, Drifter is continuing to produce soup for those in need. Soup-A-Heroes relies on donations from the public to continue feeding these Cape Town communities, which include Hanover Park, Heideveld, Retreat, Tafelsig, Lavender Hill, Dunoon, Kraaifontein, Langa, Khayelitsha and Gugulethu.“Food security has always been an issue in our country and with the rate of unemployment on the rise, the need for meals will only continue to grow,” says Nick Bush, Director and Co-Founder of Drifter. “Our beer business is taking a hard knock right now, but the silver lining is using our space to make huge quantities of food. Our brewing system is a 1000L tank, so a single batch of the soup can feed at least 2500 people. And we’re cooking multiple batches in a day, which means we can feed up to 10,000 people come dinner time.”
A special thanks to the donors and businesses who have contributed legendary amounts:
• One SA
• UTI Distributors through The Together Store
• The Fruitcake Society
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