The members at the Round Table Durban 2 came across a feeding scheme that was happening locally at the St. Johns Parish in Sydenham, an area of Durban. It is called the “Salt of the Earth Feeding scheme” and is run by the Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre (UCEC).

Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre Donation

Gus Palmer handing over the new pots to members of the UCEC.

When Durban 2 realised that the Umgeni Community Empowerment Centre were feeding almost 1000 people a day, and they saw the support that the UCEC offer the local community, they knew that they had to be involved.

Recipients of the UCEC backed feeding scheme deal with all comers and they range from Victims of domestic violence, physical & emotional abuse; Victims of Human Trafficking & of sexual abuse; Commercial Sex Workers; Orphaned, abused, or neglected children; Marginalized communities; Persons infected and affected by HIV / AIDS; Underprivileged families & unemployed individuals; Indigent persons over the age of 60; The sick, suicidal, imprisoned & the destitute.

Recently the kitchen where all the food is prepared was broken into and a large amount of essential items were stolen. The thieves not only cleaned out that kitchen of its utensils and appliances, but also made it near impossible for the UCEC to continue with the feeding scheme. When Durban 2 came along they were told that they desperately needed two large cooking pots so that they could continue to do their good work they do at the Salt of the Earth Feeding scheme.

Passed by a unanimous vote the Round Table of Durban donated what was required and the Salt of the Earth Feeding Scheme was able to continue through these trying COVID-19 times.