As I am sure nobody can have missed, the lockdown period has resulted in an increase in the number of people going hungry. At BPC we are doing our part to relieve some of that hunger. In answer to the need, Session approved a proposal to feed the homeless who are being housed at Safe space during the lockdown.
To limit the risk of exposure to Covid-19 the feeding team was limited to Dr Paul Botha and Joshua van Zijl. They started cooking from the beginning of the lockdown (26 March) and as of 26 April, they have made 9,300 meals.
MES is receiving breakfast daily and delicious hot meals at weekends and public holidays for the 70+ homeless people housed at Safe Space. Muffins were provided to celebrate the birthday of one of the homeless. Every day hearty soup is being made to help those being assisted by Elim Night Shelter. Wholesome meals are also being provide to others in need, distributed by MES. Meals are being made for the use of BPC pastoral care for congregation members needing assistance. Needs keep growing as the lockdown continues, and as the need grows, so the output from the kitchen is growing to meet that need. Cooking is happening 7 days a week.
The collaboration between MES and BPC has been amazing. MES is so grateful to us for helping them in the truly noble, and often thankless, task of helping the homeless during these strange and difficult times.
The word is out that BPC is feeding during the lockdown and a number of strangers have arrived with donations of food items. There have been donations from the congregation earmarked for feeding during the lockdown – if you are one of those who has donated you can be assured that your donations are being put to excellent use.