The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has partnered with Ladles of Love, a non-profit organisation which aims to help those who do not have access to food during the Covid-19 pandemic.
In under a month, the organisation has increased its cooked meal production by 1,000% from 200 meals per day to over 2,000 meals per day.
Founder of Ladles of Love, Danny Diliberto, said: “This sudden high demand has stretched our organisation at a logistical level, seeing us completely outgrow our current headquarters. We are immensely grateful to the CTICC for coming to the rescue. The centre has offered us more than 1,500sqm of space to serve as Ladles of Love’s temporary logistics headquarters from 27 April to 30 June 2020.
“We intend to not only keep feeding our existing clients but to expand as much as we can to support the efforts of the City and other NPOs working together to feed the vulnerable at this time.”
The CTICC has volunteered the use of an exhibition hall and a kitchen as a temporary headquarters to the non-profit organisation, where It will be able to prepare, package and dispatch food parcels to the various distribution centres across Cape Town. In addition, the CTICC’s facilities cleaning contractor, Bidvest Prestige, has donated its cleaning services to the project.
CEO of the CTICC, Taubie Motlhabane, said: “I can’t tell you how grateful and honoured we at the CTICC feel, to have been offered the opportunity to contribute in making a small difference to the lives of the vulnerable citizens of Cape Town. To be able to support Ladles of Love in this nurturing and dignity-restoring mission is a privilege.
“Our facilities will allow Danny and the team to do their essential work while also protecting their volunteers by having enough space to maintain the required social distance.”
From 27 April, licensed distributors will be able to drop off and collect donations at the CTICC.