“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” – Matthew 25:35


In 2015, the South African population was estimated at 55 million people, of which 19,7 million were children aged less than 18 years (0–17). According to a new report released by Statistics South Africa, Child poverty in South Africa: A Multiple Overlapping Deprivation Analysis, more than 6 out of 10 (62,1%) children aged 0–17 years were multidimensionally poor.

Our aim is to change mind-sets about nutrition and re-set the trajectory of long- term health in schools and communities, whilst shaping crèches and learning centres through sustainable food partnerships of sandwiches, soup, porridge and relief hampers.

To fulfil our mandate, we provide nutrition to those in our community who are going hungry through a crisis or circumstances beyond their control. In doing so, we enhance learning through meeting children’s physical need for health and balanced nutrition. We support crèches, schools, churches, counselling centres, aftercare programmes, and youth holiday clubs through our Nutrition Partnerships.


Creches and ECD’s are provided with nutritious meals for children at school every week day, which has proved to encourage daily attendance and achieve their developmental milestones. This is based on a partnership that builds capacity for schools to ultimately provide this nutrition for themselves!

School Sandwiches

Sandwiches are delivered to partner schools whose children who would otherwise have no lunch, providing protein packed ‘food for thought’. Schools identify their most vulnerable learners who need nutrition support and distribute these sandwiches discreetly as delivered by the Domino Nutrition Team

Relief Hampers

These are 20 litre buckets filled with non-perishable food and hygiene for families in crisis who are identified by local community partners. Majority of these families are either households where breadwinners have been retrenched or single mothers struggling to provide for their children. Again hampers are distributed discreetly to preserve the dignity of the families in need!

Monitoring & Evaluation

Monitoring and evaluation tensures that our programmes remain relevant and effective to reduce hunger and strengthen nutrition.

The infograph below reflects some of the key impact area’s from our Durban South Nutrition Programme in 2019

Opportunities for Involvement

The Domino Foundation Nutrition Programme is dependent on local, national and international individuals/families, schools, churches, corporate businesses, trust and foundation donors (financial) and volunteers (time and services) who are hungry to help children and families in any of the following ways:


Have a few spare hours per day or per week to come and make sarmies! Or do you have friends who could make sarmies at home and you collect and bring to our kitchens? Yay! We would be grateful.


Gather your tribes to buy bread, peanut butter and eggs for healthy school sarmies or fresh veggies (butternut, beans, carrots, cabbage, potatoes and onions) needed to make wholesome soups for creches?


Can you sign up as a direct debit donor backing nutrition monthly with R250? Or make a once off EFT/Zapper/Credit Card/PayPal payment or could you nominate Domino as your Community Nutrition Partner?

Community Collaboration

Watch the video where Cathy Whittle, Nutrition Program leader of The Domino Foundation, chats with Jabu Ncomo of Isheq Solutions on the collaboration in the education of communities on healthier living.

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Contact Details

Cathy Whittle (Durban North)

Email: nutrition@domino.org.za
 +27 (0) 31 563 9605
Fax: +27 (0) 31 563 1001

Cheryl Dann (Durban South)

Email: nutritionsouth@domino.org.za
+27 (0) 31 309 1725

Team Members

  • Cathy Whittle

  • Cheryl Dann