“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
Our vision is to feed the hungry in their most desperate time of need. As the number of volunteers and donors grow, we move closer to realising our dream of communities where no child is too hungry to concentrate and learn.
To fulfil our vision and our specific Christian mandate, we feed 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 in this enterprise. We look to create opportunities for volunteers to feed the hungry in poorly resourced communities. Our activities include but are not limited to:
- the Crèche Feeding Project which provides nutritious meals to children at crèches every week day, which has proved to encourage attendance and achieve developmental milestones
- the School Sandwich Project through which sandwiches are delivered to school children who would otherwise have no lunch, providing ‘food for thought’. Schools identify children who need feeding and distribute sandwiches delivered by Domino Feeding programme
- food parcels for families in crisis who are identified by local schools in the Durban North community and the Door of Hope Counselling Centre. The majority of these families are either households where breadwinners have been retrenched or where single mothers are battling to provide for the children. Food parcels are put together and discreetly distributed to these families as needed
- monitoring and evaluation to ensure that our programmes remain relevant and effective evaluate and monitor for consistent impact.
The Domino Foundation Nutrition programme operates from three industrial kitchens, one in Durban North, one in Amanzimtoti and one in Brookdale, adjacent to Amaoti. The School Sandwich Project is based in Durban North and reaches disadvantaged learners in the North Durban area. Each day, volunteers prepare sandwiches for each school, which are then distributed to disadvantaged children who would otherwise have no food.
The Crèche Feeding Project serves porridge and soup to the needy in the Amaoti community through crèches, schools, TAFTA, Happy Hours Mental Health School, Amaoti clinic and holiday clubs. As the number of orphans and child-headed households increase daily, the food that reaches the needy through the Domino Nutrition programme is often their only meal of the day. The Domino Foundation Nutrition programme serves close to 4500 meals every day (a combination of porridge, soups and sandwiches).
Opportunities for Involvement
The Domino Foundation Nutrition programme is dependent on both corporate and individual financial donors, on non-financial donors and on volunteers.