Family feed needy throughout lockdown

Members of the Oliver family distribute soup in the Town Centre.

A Mitchell’s Plain family say they have fed more than 40 000 people since the start of the Covid-19 lockdown in March.

They distribute and deliver food to homeless people and to the homes of the needy across Mitchell’s Plain and surrounds.

Evangelist Kurt Oliver, of Portland, says the weekly feeding brings his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews together every Tuesday and Thursday.

Mr Oliver has first-hand experience of living on the streets and has made it his life’s mission to care for the homeless.

He started ministering in 2012 under the banner of Sons of Issachar and about three years ago, they started feeding people and helping them rebuild their lives.

Various corporate sponsors had helped them feed about 700 people a week, he said.

On Saturday, the family cooked for Merle Wildschut, 32, and Leeroy Alexander, 34, the couple who got married at the weekend after meeting at the Strandfontein temporary shelter for the homeless in May.

“There is no limit to God’s favour, when you do good,” said Mr Oliver, encouraging all families to help the needy.

His aunt Saadiqa Daniels, from Bonteheuwel, said they were grateful for small mercies, as family members, surviving on their pensions, were able to open their hearts and homes to prepare and cook food to feed people in Bonteheuwel, Blikkiesdorp and Kensington. “We work as a team and it has reunited us,” she said.