08 October 2011 by Robyn Campbell

Feeding the future

For many travellers, experiencing the food and drink of a new country is something they look forward to eagerly. Some are even lucky enough to make food the focus of their travels, with itineraries that are a delicious melange of dinners at award-winning restaurants, food festivals, and master classes with international culinary professionals.

South Africa’s Western Cape winelands are a destination that foodies seek out for exactly these kinds of experiences, as I highlighted in my previous blog Cook Franschhoek.

The reality is that while many of us are hungry for our next gastronomic adventure, as many as 3 out of 4 children in the Western Cape are simply hungry. Diminishing government allocations to address school feeding, coupled with rising unemployment and spiralling inflation means that scores of children go to bed hungry, and harder still, go to school the next day and try to learn with their bellies empty.

For more than 50 years, the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA), a registered Non-Profit Organisation established in 1958, has been providing daily meals to address hunger in school-going children. The PSFA operates an investment reserve to cover its operational expenses, thereby enabling 100% of donations to go towards feeding children in need.

To date, thanks to the PFSA and their tireless volunteers, up to 325,200 children in 743 primary, secondary, and special-needs schools across the Western Cape receive at least 1 nutritious meal while at school. For many children, it is their only source of necessary nutrition for the day.

On the 15th of October, the PSFA will be hosting its annual fundraising dinner at Bridge House, sponsored by Bizbox, and supported by some of the Western Cape’s most accomplished chefs.

Margot Janse, Neil Jewell, Reuben Riffel and Darren Roberts, will transform the staple ingredients that feature on the children’s daily menus, including samp, rice, cabbage, pilchards and lentils into gourmet dishes.

The aim of the dinner is to raise an additional R285, 000 that will enable the PSA to fund a meal for an additional 770 for an entire year. Tickets cost R370 p/person - fantastic value for a meal prepared by chefs of this calibre, for a fantastic cause.

For those of you fortunate enough to think about what you’d like to eat for your next meal, this is a great way to help children who can never be sure when their next meal will be coming.

To attend this event, to donate, and find out how you can help, contact the Peninsula School Feeding Association on +27 (0)21 447 6020, or visit the website:

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