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9 ways to spend your 67 minutes this Mandela Day

Analysts estimate that more than half of South Africans do not have access to enough food, so what better way to spend your 67 minutes this Mandela Day than by planting veggie seeds, making soup or packing meal hampers? We rounded up some food-related activities you can get involved in on Friday 17 July and Saturday 18 July 2015.

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Work in the garden for Harvest of Hope (Khayelitsha, Cape Town)

Abalimi Bezekhaya and Harvest of Hope are hosting a gardening day at Moya We Khaya Garden Centre in Manyani Peace Park, Khayelitsha on Saturday 18 July 2015 from 9am to 1pm. Get your fingers dirty by tending fruit and veggies in this organic garden and planting trees supplied by Green Pop. Harvest of Hope provides fresh organic veg, fruit and herbs grown in urban gardens in Cape Town’s townships to eager cooks who sign up to receive a bag each week. (Some of us on the Eat Out team have been enjoying these veggies for years now!) At the same time, the organisation creates sustainable and dignified work. (Find out more at harvestofhope.co.za.) Volunteers on Mandela Day should bring warm clothes and a snack for themselves. There will be soup for lunch and a children’s choir for entertainment.

Pack hampers for Foodbank SA (Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town)

Commit your 67 minutes at one of FoodBank SA’s hamper-packing events on Friday 17 July 2015. The events will take place at the Foodbank SA warehouses in Epping (Cape Town), Redhill (Durban) and Meadow Dale (Johannesburg) with your time slot needing to be booked in advance – 8.30am to 10am, 11am to 12.30pm, or 1.30pm to 3pm. FoodBank SA asks that you make a contribution towards the costs of the food rescue programme for the day. For more information, phone 021 531 5670, email ashleigh@foodbanksa.org or visit www.foodbank.org.za.

Cook soup for Meals on Wheels (countrywide)

There are numerous Meals on Wheels branches around the country, all of which would welcome donations and assistance. The Tygerberg Branch in Parow has a great need of soup, for example. You can cook it and donate it frozen, or deliver fresh or dry ingredients. The team there works very closely with counsellors and schools in the community to keep people fed. Another way to quickly help is to simply sms the word ‘meal’ to 39055 to donate R15. Find a branch near you.

Food hamper packing for Stop Hunger Now SA

Food hamper packing for Stop Hunger Now SA.

Pack meals for Stop Hunger Now SA (Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town)

Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa is calling for volunteers to join the Million Meal Challenge in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban on Friday 17 July 2015. Graça Machel, the chief patron of Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa, will join forces with local celebrities and thousands of volunteers as they attempt to package one million meals in four 67-minute shifts. These meals will help SHNSA feed 5000 children nutritious meals for one year. The shifts will start at 8am, 11am and 2pm and will take place in Johannesburg at the Sandton Convention Centre, in Durban at the International Convention Centre, and in Cape Town at Canal Walk. Click here to find out more.

Help The Gift of Joy soup kitchen (Diepsloot, Johannesburg)

The goal of this NPO is to feed at least 1000 hungry children in the Diepsloot community some warm and nutritious soup on Saturday 18 July 2015. You can help by making a donation, being a sponsor, or opting to volunteer. You can donate vegetables or deliver soup that you’ve premade and frozen. Contact Nicky Coleman on nicky@joynpo.org or Kerri Stein on kerri@joynpo.org. Click here to see the Facebook event.

Work and play at Hearts of Hope (Sandton, Johannesburg)

Hearts of Hope will be hosting a Mandela Day event in Wendywood, Sandton, on Saturday 18 July. The day will be divided into 67-minute slots from 9am to 5pm. Volunteers can participate by gardening as well as spending time with the children, painting, and helping to build a playground. The entrance fee is R67 per person (R6.70 for kids under 10). For more information or to book your 67 minutes, please email info@heartsofhope.org.za.

Support the market at Hillcrest AIDS Centre Trust (Hillcrest, Durban)

The Hillcrest Aids Centre Trust (HACT) will host a Mandela Day Market on Saturday 18 July from 9am to 2pm at 26 Old Main Road. The Woza Moya craft shop, Izingadi Zethemba Plant Nursery, Truly Grounded coffee shop, a pop-up tea garden and several other local craft providers will all be in attendance. Your generous shopping will support local crafters who are living with HIV. You can also purchase canned foods or non-perishable items to donate to the HACT feeding scheme and respite unit. If you’re keen to stick to the 67 theme, buy 67 items. For more information, phone 031 765 5866 or send a message to marketing@hillaids.org.za.

Dance for Madiba (Cape Town)

The Real Junk Food Project has lent a helping hand to the implementation of the No Danger Diaries event, Dance For Madiba. The Mandela Day event is also supported by Cape Town social organisations, including The Avant Garden and Sustainable Brothers, to deliver a 67-hour-long event that will provide a platform on which people of all walks of life can participate and give their time back to the community in true Madiba-style. The event will involve food donations, clothing collections, and, of course, 67 hours of dancing throughout Cape Town’s streets and food markets. For more info please contact sebastian@nodangerdiaries.com, or visit the Facebook page.

Write a review and feed a child

If, for some reason, you can’t leave your house this Mandela Day, why not spend the time writing reviews? Eat Out has also partnered with Stop Hunger Now SA to pledge a meal to a hungry child for every restaurant review written on the site. Click here to write a review right now.

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