The programme provides food for school children in Riebeek-Kasteel and Riebeek-West, two settlements in a valley some 87 kms from Cape Town. The feeding programme originally started in the pre- school of the Farm which is a centre for social development. It is aimed at relieving poverty and educating and supporting families living and working on the 32 wine farms in the valley, which employ over 1000 people. This feeding programme has now been extended to eleven primary and pre-schools in the area that have requested help. It provides a nutritious porridge-like food each morning for over 400 children at a cost of R12 per child per month. This food is delivered and monitored by the staff from the Farm as required and there are no administrative costs involved. In a recent development a hot meal is provided daily for those young people who attend supervised after school homework classes as well as food during school holidays. The total number of children being fed on a daily basis is now 578.
Mary Jephcott who lives in East Portlemouth, visits the Cape regularly. Through the family Charitable Trust she and her late husband Neil were involved in helping to fund the building of a Dam, essential to the Farm which is run by Annie and Peter Templeton. During her stays in the Cape, Mary visits the Farm regularly, and reports to the Church on the distribution, the numbers being fed and the monitoring of the children.
Donations can be sent to Cathy Newby, Grow Peace, 27 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AQ, the UK office of Goedgedacht. Please indicate they are for the Feeding Programme.