The COVID-19 outbreak has had a huge and devastating impact on the South African economy.  Here’s how businesses and charity organisations in Cape Town are making a difference in communities that have been hardest hit by the COVID-19 lockdown.

Community Chest

Community Chest has established a National Emergency COVID-19 Health Fund.

How to help: Donate here.

KASI RC – Shack Art School & Theatre

KASI RC – Shack Art School & Theatre in Khayelitsha has been serving the community throughout lockdown. From food parcels to serving cooked food daily, hundreds have been fed because of their work.

How to help: Email to donate.


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This morning was our DAY 35. We ready for this afternoon sandwiches and fruit!!!

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Ramzis Food

Since the start of lockdown, Ramzis Food in Pinelands has been distributing food to communities in need.

How to help: You can either buy a full pot of food or contribute any sum towards it. With the help of donations from the public, Ramzis have been able to feed up to 5000 people per day in various communities.

For more details, follow them on Instagram.

Doubletree Hilton Cape Town

The Doubletree and Spear REIT Limited have joined forces to provide meals for the hungry. As of 4 May, they’ve made and distributed more than 16 000 meals.

How to help: If you would make a donation email:


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WOW! Our AMAZING team has produced and packaged just over 11 000 meals since the 15th of April, what an achievement! Every day is truly incredible. The goal is to feed 50 000 hungry tummies! We are very thankful for all donations and assistance received thus far for the @spearreitlimited campaign. We’d like to thank Tyrone of the @rawcateringco , @VitalFoodDistributors, Frank from @ilikeeggs_capetown and again Teddy Haricharan, the creator of the vlog Ayo Yama. If you would like to help and make a donation please email: #doubletreecares #weareinthistogether #staysafeandstayathome

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Ladles of Love

Ladles of Love have partnered with the Cape Town International Convention Centre. CTICC is assisting them with space and a kitchen as their temporary headquarters until 30 June 2020. This will allow them to expand operations while practicing safe distancing.

How to help: Donate to Ladles of Love.


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Here’s an update on where homeless people in the city can currently get a meal if they’re in need: – The Haven Night Shelter WO Cape Town and District 6 where porridge from 9.30 am and lunch from 12.30 pm is served daily – Safe Space under the Culemborg Bridge where lunch is served daily at 12.00 pm – Outside The Hope Exchange where porridge is served Mon-Sat from 9.00 am Where we have no involvement, but lunch is still served, is at The Service Dining Rooms on Canterbury Street in Zonnenbloem from 12 pm. We encourage you to direct any one in need to visit one of these establishments at the right time so that they can get a good meal. Here’s what we were able to distribute last week: – 112 000 sandwiches – 6 tons of cooked food – 6 tons of raw food went out to the beneficiaries in the townships. They cook with the products we supply and then feed the hungry communities In other news, we: – cooked 31 000 meals for ONE beneficiary in 3 weeks. To give you some perspective, we were cooking 15 000 meals a month in total before the COVID-19 lockdown – we will be distributing food to 25 beneficiaries from this week – are supporting 4 x schools in Khayelitsha and 1 x school in De Waveren This has been all possible because of your support. Keep those donations coming in! Find out how to get involved by clicking the link in our bio and signing up for the Food and Sandwich drive or donate through Payfast, Snapscan or EFT. Our city is hungry and they need us. Thank You ♥️ #foodislove #feedtheworld #hungry #feedcapetown #togetherinisolation #covid19 #lockdown #salockdown #donate #TogetherInIsolation #foodandsandwichesdrive #strongertogether #covid #unity #teamwork #feedingthehungry #givingback #feedingthehomeless #onlineshopping

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Obs Pasta Kitchen

Obs Pasta Kitchen is a weekly feeding scheme in Cape Town that offers support, community and a hot meal once a week. During lockdown, they have continued to provide hot meals as well as food parcels.

How to help: Click here to donate.

Cowboys & Cooks

Cowboys & Cooks allocated funds to their chefs that allows them to cook wholesome meals to feed hungry children in their neighborhoods.

How to help: Contact them to find out how to donate.

Food Forward SA

In partnership with our various stakeholders, FoodForward SA is committed to scaling up so that households in vulnerable communities receive proper food provisions. They need your help to reach as many households as possible.

How to help: Click here to donate.

Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund

Many restaurants are producing meals for the old and frail, those who’ve lost their jobs, and the children who aren’t getting their meals at school.  Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund is raising funds to help keep restaurants in business, so they can keep cooking for the needy.

How to help: Donate here via EFT, SnapScan, or Zapper.


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Together, we can save our restaurants. ⁠ #ICanHelp ⁠ ⁠ Visit to find out how you can help.⁠ ⁠ Covid-19 has left restaurant kitchens empty and created more and more hungry South Africans. ⁠ By activating our networks in the industry and mobilising the wealth of talent among SA’s chefs and cooks, we believe together we can find a solution. ⁠ The Fund offers financial support to restaurants that have reopened their kitchens to create food for the needy in their communities. This way we get to do two things – help feed the vulnerable while also supporting the industry economically. ⁠ ⁠ In partnership with @commchestwc, we are distributing funds to restaurants in crisis across South Africa. ⁠ Your donation can make a difference. ⁠ ⁠ #EatOutHelpOutSA⁠ #RestaurantFundSA ⁠ #ICanHelp⁠ #COVID19SouthAfrica ⁠

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I Am For Her Foundation

The I Am For Her Foundation is helping The Haven Night Shelter in raising 3000 sanitary pads in response to the Covid-19 pandemic for their branches in Bellville, Kraaifontein and Claremont.

How to help: Details in the Instagram post below.


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Covid-19 DOESN’T STOP MENSTRUATION! Please help us to help THE HAVEN NIGHT SHELTER, in raising 3000 #SanitaryTowels / #SanitaryPads in response to the #covi̇d19 pandemic for their branches in Bellville, Kraaifontein and Claremont. Our first goal is to raise R3000 for 3000 Sanitary Pads/Towels using the Donate Nation platform (link in their profile @donatenationsa) in support of our vulnerable citizens. It requires all our collective efforts to fight this unprecedented pandemic, like are showing us. Our appeal is to everybody to PLEASE make a donation to help our vulnerable citizens during this time, with dignity. Let us further help these organizations use their funding for food and not for sanitary towels/pads. Remember: Menstruation is a natural occurrence where women do not have the option to YES, I want it or NO, I don’t want it. Sanitary Towels/Pads are an ESSENTIAL NEED and not a WANT. Download the @donatenationsa app and donate to help your fellow #SouthAfrican sisters. #donate #sanitarypads #SanitaryTowels #theHavenNightShelter #WesternCape #DonateNation #covid19 #pandemic #helping #awareness #dontation

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Cafe Extrablatt

Cafe Extrablatt is playing their part in helping vulnerable communities during the pandemic through the #extrablatthungerdrive. The Extrablatt staff prepare hot meals, which are distributed in various communities.

How to help: Details in the Instagram post below.


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#Coronavirus #feedingprogramme Share this!! Attention all #farmers and #retail: We are urgently looking for food donations to make hearty stews and soups for the needy in conjunction with a registered essentials company in #CapeTown. This will allow us to employ staff and utilise our kitchen for the greater good during #lockdown. Foodstuff considered are any vegetables like carrots, potatoes, butternut, pumpkin, spinach, beans etc. Shop owners, if you have lentils, barley, soup mix, dried veg etc. that will go off during your closure, please consider donating. Butchers, any meaty off cuts and throw aways are welcome, beef, chicken and pork. Items will be collected by a registered entity and we will keep you posted on how many tummy’s we filled on a cold autumn day. We can bake bread as well, so older or almost expired maize, flour and yeast is welcome. Contact me at directly. Kind regards. Guido Dierschke.

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The Practical Journey NPC

In addition to providing food hampers, The Practical Journey NPC is also collecting face masks for the vulnerable elderly and the youth.

How to help: Details in the post below.

The HeadStart Trust

The HeadStart Trust has been working in poor, marginalised communities of the Cape for over 10 years. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Trustees of The HeadStart Trust have agreed to shift the short-term focus of the Trust to Food Relief. They will be utilising farming-related trips to Cape Town to collect food donations from Capetonians. This will take place every Wednesday. Any and all food items will be gratefully received.

Read more here.

How to help: Call or WhatsApp Nasreen with your address and name to arrange collection – 074 793 8895.