Come and join us at one of our regular soup kitchens and see how it all works:
Meet at Doppio Zero, St George’s Mall, Cape Town CBD
Meet at The Haven Night Shelter,
Napier Street, Green Point
Meet at The Carpenter’s Shop,
Roeland Street, Cape Town CBD
Not sure what you can expect when you volunteer at a Ladles of Love soup kitchen? Here’s some of the questions we get asked the most…
No, there is no need to register for any of our soup kitchens – just be at the venue on time and you will be able to help.
You don’t need to bring anything with you, all you need to do is arrive at the venue and our amazing team of volunteers will guide you from there.
Each kitchen lasts 45-60 minutes, depending on how many guests we have to serve that day.
Yes, everyone is welcome. Accompanied children are also welcome at our kitchens, under your strict supervision.
Soup kitchen volunteer duties include setting up our pop-up serving station, ladling soup, slicing bread, pouring drinks, food serving, queue management and cleaning up. You may also be asked to run our handwashing station with soap and towels so our guests can clean up before dinner.
We also encourage volunteers to take some time to chat to the team and to our homeless guests – it’s a great opportunity to connect with new and interesting people from all walks of life.
People really do rely on our soup kitchen and Cape Town has notoriously unpredictable weather! We don’t let that stop us though, the three kitchens listed on our timetable happen every week without fail, come rain or shine – no matter the weather, we’ll be there. We also serve at our kitchens as normal on any that fall on public holidays.
No, we know that life happens and we all have busy work and life schedules to balance. Just come and feed the hungry with us when your schedule permits. You can always let us know if you can make it by messaging us on Facebook or Instagram, but you can also just pitch up without notice – we never turn a volunteer away.
We are a pop-up kitchen so we don’t have a secure area for handbags, wallets and car keys etc. We recommend you bring only the essentials along with you when you volunteer.
There is a large homeless community in Cape Town – recent surveys suggest the total number is in excess of 7000 people living life on the streets. With less than 2500 beds available for these people, the problem becomes obvious. And, with figures like these to look at, it can be hard to see how we can possibly make a difference.
Through our soup kitchens, we provide a platform for people who care to come together to feed the hungry and make a difference.
A bowl of soup may not sound like much, but it’s a lifeline to some.
Our soup kitchens are about more than simply providing food; it’s about dignity, respect and creating the kind of world we all want to live in. The volunteers experience love and joy through the serving of each meal. It’s about more than simply feeding the hungry, it’s about breaking down the social barriers that exist between us, and connecting people regardless of their gender, colour, religion or social status.
We also want to help people to help themselves. When we meet individuals who are keen to get off the streets we assist where we can – we’ve helped 8 people apply for identity documents and one gentlemen is now working as part of the Ladles of Love team.