The Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) has announced that is 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.
Ladles of Love is a soup kitchen and a feeding scheme that helps vulnerable people within Cape Town, especially during the 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.
“Ladles of Love has been inundated with support from all corners of the city. The truth is everyone wants to help and be part of the solution, whether by donating money, volunteering their time, making food or mobilising support.”
In order to help Ladles of Love, the CTICC has volunteered the use of an exhibition hall and a kitchen as a temporary headquarters.
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.”
CTICC’s executive chef, Roberto De Carvalho, added: “It is a great feeling to assist Ladles of Love to have the best possible space and equipment to produce food for those that are the most in need during this unparalleled time that we find ourselves in.”
From 27 April, licensed distributors will be able to drop off and collect donations at the CTICC.