THE SOUL FOOD PROJECT
The stated purpose of The Soul Provider Trust is to “Make God Visible in the World”. We can’t think of any more appropriate way of doing this than by feeding the starving. The Soul Provider Trust has had its attention drawn to the enormous amount of perfectly edible food that is disposed of by hotels, restaurants, supermarkets, casinos and entertainment venues.
This food has been paid for and is just written off. It is easier and cheaper to dump it than to deliver it to where it is desperately needed. We have therefore established a project whereby we liaise with these venues, collect the surplus food and deliver it to orphanages, shelters and feeding schemes and schools that we already have a relationship with. Soul Food has started on a small scale in Johannesburg and has two Nissan NV200 trucks running daily. ￼
The Trust currently supports 37 places of refuge/orphanages/shelters and feeds between 3,000 and 5,000 people a day. With the trebling of our vehicle capacity we are aiming to increase this figure dramatically. A short presentation can be viewed at http://www.mysoulprovider.org/video.cfm
Our biggest limitation on growth is our ability to support more drivers who drive more kilometres. For this we need to bring in funds that can help cover the operating costs of more routes. Where possible we seek corporate sponsors to help fund vehicles and we have made provision for this in our funding request but every donation received, no matter how small, will help us to ensure that we continue to feed those in need and do something to address the enormous waste associated with modern consumption.
Who Do We Support?
Soul Food in Johannesburg currently supports the following shelters, orphanages and agencies as our initial ￼points of delivery:
- Berea Mercy Shelter 85 Tudhope Avenue Berea Caring for about 20 abused women
- Bethany Shelter Corner Millbourn Road and Viljoen Street, Bertrams, Johannesburg, Gauteng For abused women. No Fee.
- Bienvenu Shelter for Women and Children 36 Terrace Road, Bertrams, Johannesburg 25 mothers and 23 children (0 to 8 years) 95% refugees Creche 30 children 3-6 years Baby Room with 25 babies
- Cathedral of Christ the King Soup Kitchen Saratoga Avenue Joubert Park, Johannesburg, Gauteng
- Daughters of Zion (May Thaysen) 38 Fouche Road, Klipspruit West Unemployed families in Meredale, Eldorado Park and Westbury.
- Ekhaya Overnight Shelter Corner Quartz and Kotze Streets, Hillbrow, Johannesburg, Gauteng Men and women but no children. ￼￼
- Emmanuel Homes 78 Millbourn Road, Lorentzville 20 students, mostly foreigners.
- Freda Hartley Shelter for Women 97 Regent Street Yeoville, Johannesburg, Gauteng For women only. No Fee
- The House 60 Olivia Road Berea, Johannesburg, Gauteng For girls between 12 and 18 years only. Three month limit. Immaculata
- Mercy Centre 17 Sturdee Avenue Rosebank, Johannesburg. Single men.
- Jabulani Khakibos Kids Centre 1 High Street Berea, Johannesburg, Gauteng For boys who have been on the street
- Kids Haven Reaches out to children on the streets and others in need in our community. Strives to provide them with love and shelter in a nurturing, secure environment. Gives them guidance, therapy, training and support so that they can be the best they can be and take their rightful place in the community. For children only.
- Little Saints of Bethany 58 Millbourn Road, Bertrams 17 abused women, 15 children (4 months to 10 years old) ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
- Meals on Wheels 69 Mullen Street, Yeoville Delivers 200 meals each day to the elderly and disabled. Daily soup kitchen for 100 people. 220 students collect food daily.
- Mother Teresa Mission (Missionaries of Charity) 76 St George St Bellevue East 8 Nuns 60 children 1 week to 4 years, boys and girls 40 sick women, 25 sick men and 3 teenagers feed and look after 400 families in Soweto and regularly visit 30 families each week
- Place of Refuge Diagonal Street La Rochelle, Johannesburg, Gauteng For men and women
- Roman Catholic Cathedral Soup Kitchen Corner Bosman and Skinner Streets, Pretoria, Gauteng
- Salvation Army Soup Kitchen Church Square, Pretoria, Gauteng,
- St Peter’s Operation Relief Program St Peter’s Anglican Church Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng
- Strabane Mercy Centre 98 Kerk Street, Johannesburg, Gauteng.Only men and women over 30 years of age.
- Trinity Congregation Church Soup Kitchen Corner Muller and Bedford Streets Yeoville, Johannesburg, Gauteng
- Usindiso Sanctuary 80 Albert Street Marshalltown, Johannesburg, Gauteng. For abused women – especially those with children. Capacity for 85 women. Fee: R60 per month ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼
The Soul Food Benefactors and Supporters
- Mark McCreedy – McCreedy Friedlander
- Mark Lamberti – Massmart Group and Transaction Capital
- Mary Johnson – Pick n Pay
- Desagen Moodley: Super Jumbo Crown Mines
- Kissinger Maponya – Massmart Holdings
- Tyrone Whittaker – Metcash Sean Maher – Protea Hotels
- Tom Miles – Imagine
- Wayne Cloete – FG la Pasta
- Ryan Holmner – Melrose Nissan
The Soul Food Staff
The Soul Provider Trust has put together the following team under the direction of Rev Brent Chalmers to initiate and manage the Soul Food project:
- Julia Lamberti – is the (honorary) Project Champion and has been the driving force behind its conceptualisation. She is heavily involved in sourcing food from retailers, hotels, casinos and hotels.
- Roger Hein – organises and manages the logistics of this operation. His job is to ensure that the surplus food is collected and delivered timously to where it is needed most on a roster basis.
- Nikki Isaacs – is the driver on the second Nissan NV 200 in Johannesburg. He assists Roger Hein in all aspects of the collection and delivery of food in Johannesburg.
- Ellen Mkhomza – is the Khumbul’ekhaya manager. She runs the SMS competition on SABC1, where a large percentage of the Trust’s funding is derived.
- Rev Dave Thorburn-Humphrey – the pastor of the Margate Presbyterian Church and head of the Soul Food Project in Kwa Zulu Natal.
- Ossie Osborne – the driver of the VW Caddy in KZN, responsible for sourcing, collection and delivery of food on the South Coast.
If We raise more than Our target amount, this is how we will use the moneyThe Soul Provider Trust has a number of projects focused on social development including Khumbul'ekhaya, Lifestraw® Home Water Filter and Soul Leadership. Any funds that we raise in excess of the target for this project will be re-directed to these projects in a way that ensures the money is used most effectively.