Ladles of Love is about more than merely providing meals. It’s about dignity, respect, and creating the kind of world we all want to live in. Started in 2014 when Danny Diliberto participated in a course through the Art of Living Foundation that inspired him to create a project to give back to society, the Ladles of Love soup kitchen was born in Cape Town.
Before the Corona virus and introduction of the nationwide lockdown, 12% of South Africa lacked food security, 6,800.000 South Africans experienced hunger and 1,700.000 households were affected. Ladles of Love team has served 250 000 hot meals per week in only 6 years from 70 meals.
Ladles of Love initiatives include Soup Kitchens, Community Kitchens, Food for NPOs, the Munch Club and the Sandwich & Essential Groceries Drive.
When the coronavirus pandemic hit, the enormous number of starving people in need escalated across the city. Suddenly, they had to mobilize within restrictive confines to connect those in need with those who can help and their “Suburban Sandwich Drive” was born, a city-wide initiative mobilizing people to give back from the safety of their own homes.
In a matter of weeks, the Sandwich Drive had rallied families across the Cape to make sandwiches, delivering more than 250 000 sandwiches in the first week. Collectively, they have channeled more than 3 million sandwiches into their new and fast-expanding network of NPO beneficiaries and food charity organizations, and this number grows weekly. In total 15,414.859 meals have been served since the start of the nationwide lockdown on the 20th of March 2020 to date.