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Outside The Bowl Africa raises R1 million in aid of combating childhood hunger
Wllington-based non-profit organisation, Outside The Bowl Africa, has reached its aim of raising R1 million while feeding 20 000 children in one day.
Mark Maingard, CEO of the non-profit organisation that supports communities, ECDs, NGOs, ministries, churches and existing soup kitchens with nutritionally balanced meals set out to cook 100 Potjiekos pots on 5 March 2022 and did just that.
“Cooking 100 pots and feeding 20 000 people on the day is a massive achievement for us. We started the fires at 5am and we were done at 3pm. The expression on the NGOs faces was priceless and I will do it again,” said Maingard who accomplished this feat at the organisation’s headquarters in Wellington, Western Cape.
Maingard’s team assisted him with setting up and making the fires, but he wanted to cook a record-breaking 100 Potjiekos pots without help from anyone.
“I was excited to take the lead in this and in the end, I breathed an extreme sigh of relief and emotions came over me as I did not think I would make it but I did. I could not have done this without my team being in my corner,” said Maingard.
Supported by Pep, Outside The Bowl Africa’s aim is to feed a further 1 000 000 children at R1 a portion with their ground-breaking Vita Kidz Instant Energy Meal.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there are now approximately 6 000 to 12 000 people dying of hunger every day and the world’s children are suffering the most. For Maingard, the organization’s aim is to manufacture and provide 500 000 ambient, nutritional meals per day by 2025 and play a part in hunger eradication by 2030.
Outside The Bowl Africa’s mission is to help those vulnerable across local, national, and international communities. Maingard encourages businesses and individuals to get involved in this
“Please continue to support us as we are not able to stay sustainable if we don’t have any support from Individuals, corporates, and funders,” he said.
Outside the Bowl Africa Links:
Website Outside the Bowl Africa: https://outsidethebowlafrica.org/
Event Video: https://www.facebook.com/events/537384357660179
MORE ABOUT OUTSIDE THE BOWL AFRICA
- Mark Maingard and Marais Greyling had been working together for a few years. Mark had a dream to feed the hungry and Marais to train disadvantaged youth in hospitality.
- Combined with their many years in the catering, food and hospitality industry, they joined forces in 2016.
- Mark Maingard was ‘called’ to feed the hungry and Marais Greyling to train disadvantaged youth in hospitality. This was not by chance. It was an intervention and plan that was inevitable. Their journey began on 29 May 2016, starting with renovating and equipping a derelict facility in Paarl. On 29 July 2016, the first batch of 200 meals were delivered to Magda’s Soup Kitchen.
- The journey started with 2nd Harvest NPC in 2016, where after Mark met Jae Evans from OTB Global – their vision is a world in which people are physically and spiritually nourished. From this meeting, OTB Africa was born and 2nd Harvest became Outside the Bowl Africa.
- It became the company’s vision to feed 500 000 people daily, not only with a nutritional meal, but also spiritually, and for this reason, we have joined hands with the Community of Abundance.
- Outside The Bowl’s three food manufacturing facilities are located in Wellington, South Africa, serving ECD centres, crèches, soup kitchens, faith-based organisations, ministries, municipalities, government institutions and needy communities. These facilities and our partnerships with large food corporations enable us to procure essential food services at reasonable prices.
- In the past two years, they have distributed their products to various countries in Africa and the world and aim to reach many more. Outside The Bowl Africa is working towards building more kitchens in communities around Southern Africa, who need it most.
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