Many South Africans live in poverty, and since the onset of the national lockdown, the need for food assistance has dramatically increased. The Royal Portfolio Foundation is actively supporting and running numerous feeding schemes which aim to provide temporary relief to the most vulnerable children and their families in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The feeding schemes which The Royal Portfolio Foundation supports focus on the well-being and development of vulnerable children, their care-givers and their families. Children need a nutrient-rich diet to support healthy brain development from a young age. Shortages of various nutrients can impair cognitive and motor development, and these effects are often irreversible. The national lockdown has brought increased financial pressure to primary caregivers and parents who are now facing extreme financial difficulty and less support from the National School Nutrition Programme as their children are unable to attend school and receive vital meals.
Many of our feeding schemes also support children and vulnerable communities within our existing projects. The Royal Portfolio Foundation and volunteer staff at Royal Malewane and Birkenhead House have set up feeding schemes which operate from the hotels. La Residence and The Silo Hotel have partnered with meaningful feeding schemes in their surrounding areas.
The Silo Hotel
Atlantic Hope is a safe house for vulnerable babies, providing temporary and immediate placement within a safe and loving environment. The Royal Portfolio Foundation together with the contributions from our TRP guests have secured formula to feed all the babies at Atlantic Hope for the remainder of the year, as well as committing to provide safe, private daily transport to the in-house carers when needed.
Leliebloem House is a non-profit Child & Youth Care Centre which serves as a home-away-from-home for children who have been removed from troubled families by the state. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, their food bills have dramatically increased as the children are no longer being fed at school as well as some funding avenues having ceased due to the economic crisis. The Royal Portfolio Foundation has committed to subsidize feeding all 68 children and the caregivers who live at Leliebloem House.
Ladles of Love is an extensive community project dedicated to feeding those in need in the Cape Town area through their Soup Kitchens and Food & Sandwich Drives. The Royal Portfolio Foundation and volunteer staff at The Silo Hotel assist Ladles of Love on a volunteer basis and by providing food donations.