NGO launches food project to help those in need

Unchain the Plain 7785 donated groceries to a Beacon Valley feeding scheme, called Sarahs Daughters. From left are Gavin Skriker, Leonie Meyer from Sarahs Daughter feeding scheme, Mark Skriker and Juven Rittles.

Unchain the Plain 7785 is helping those in need during the lockdown period by donating essential grocery items to feeding schemes and organisations.

The non-profit organisation was started to collect sporting equipment for needy schools in Mitchell’s Plain, but in January, they started the UTP Project Food Chain.

“The lockdown forced us to totally abandon all other projects in favour of UTP Project Food Chain.

“This was largely due to the sudden expansion of the need to provide a cooked meal for the poor and people on the Cape Flats,” said Juven Rittles, co-founder of Unchain the Plain 7785.

“Since we specialise in sport and not feeding schemes, we decided to partner with three existing feeding schemes – Cay’s Kitchen from Eastridge, Sarah’s Daughters from Beacon Valley and Callies RFC from Hanover Park.

“This would enable us to make a bigger impact and reach much more deserving individuals, particularly children and seniors,” he said.

The extension of the Covid-19 lockdown has increased the number of needy and hungry people significantly, he added.

“We therefore need to intensify our fund-raising efforts in order to support our existing partners to satisfy the ever-increasing demand for food,” he said.

If you would like to donate food or assist them in anyway, email them at unchaintheplain7785@gmail.com or send them a WhatsApp message on 065 511 8278.