Join us in sharing the love, one ladle at a time.
A community where everyone benefits
Our efforts are powered by love – the love of our seva warriors. Some come for one soup kitchen, while others return week after week. Although volunteering is an incredibly humbling and eye-opening experience, it’s also full of love, joy and silliness. It fills your heart and feeds your soul.
It’s about more than 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’re building the nation we know we can be.
”Seva – a beautiful Sanskrit word that refers to the art of selfless service. However, it’s more than a desire to help others without wanting anything in return. It’s a genuine desire to uplift those around you.
It’s a great way to contribute to our community. It provides an ideal opportunity to:
- give back
- understand some of the complex issues around homelessness
- make a difference
- meet new friends and connect with people from all walks of life
It’s a way to feel good about yourself, to show you care, and to help make Cape Town a better place to live for everyone.
You only need to bring your facemask (this is essential). We provide everything else.
Yes, you need to complete the registration for above to volunteer at our soup kitchens. This will ensure that we can send you the necessary details on the event you would like to join, such as time, place and any other important information you may need. You only need to register once, even if you’d like to join us regularly.
Each kitchen lasts 45 – 60 minutes, depending on how many guests we have to serve that day.
There are four different times you can join:
- Tuesday @ 16:45 – Our Roeland Street kitchen at The Hope Exchange
- Wednesday @ 16:45 – Our Roeland Street kitchen at The Hope Exchange
- Thursday @ 16:45 – Our Roeland Street kitchen at The Hope Exchange
- Saturday @ 11:30 – Our Roeland Street kitchen at The Hope Exchange, in collaboration with RPJ Helping Hands
Soup kitchen volunteer duties include setting up our pop-up serving station, ladling soup, slicing bread, pouring drinks, serving food, managing the queues, and cleaning up. You may also be asked to run our sanitising station.
People really do rely on our soup kitchen, and Cape Town has notoriously unpredictable weather! We don’t let that stop us though – all Ladles of Love operated kitchens happen every week without fail, come rain or shine. No matter the weather, we’ll be there. We also run our kitchens as usual on any days that fall on public holidays.
We’re a pop-up kitchen, so we don’t have a secure area for handbags, wallets, car keys, and the like. We recommend you bring only the essentials along with you when you volunteer.