The non-profit organisation set up by Kerry Hoffman and her team, organise monthly social events where local homeless people are invited to eat, chat and relax. The volunteers spent hours handing out hot cups of soup and sandwiches, while the homeless also got an opportunity to have their hair cut.
Caryn Gootkin, part of the Souper Troopers, spoke of how grateful beneficiaries of these events are. “We see so many familiar faces every month. We almost don’t need to publicise events as news travels so quickly about these events within the homeless community. ”
Sunday’s food handout, held at the Carpenter’s Shop in Zonnebloem, was made possible through the food donations provided by Mensch, a Jewish company aiming to trigger positive social change and countless adults and children who volunteered. Hoffman, who became inspired to help others after feeding the homeless on pavements all over Cape Town, expressed huge gratitude for those who came to help: “When we started this four years ago, we had a dream and four years just flew by.
“Everyone loves helping out at these events and without all of their hard work, these events would be extremely difficult.”