Cafe’s feeding scheme gathers pace

Sharon Easton, left, and Noele Marryat work at Jou ma se Kos and help with the feeding scheme.

The Jou ma se Kos cafe in Woodstock has been running a feeding scheme since March to help the homeless and families hurt by the pandemic.

The cafe is part of the Neighbourhood Old Age Home (NOAH) non-profit organisation.

Jane Mills, head of social enterprise at NOAH, said the organisation volunteered to run the feeding scheme, serving halaal meals, as part of the City of Cape Town’s Covid-19 initiative.

“We started off serving soup and a sandwich for around 70 people per day from Monday to Friday, though we quickly realised that wasn’t going to be enough to serve everyone,” she said.

They received further financial support from the Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church in Constantia.

“Through their continued support, we have managed to keep the doors of the feeling scheme open and increase the number of people being fed to over 200 people on average per day.

“We are hoping that we can keep the feeding scheme open until next year and that maybe in the future it can become a permanent fixture at our organisation.”

Sharon Easton, who stays at Noah and works at the cafe, said being part of the feeding scheme had been a positive experience. “I am happy here, and I enjoy serving the community.”

Our Lady of Visitation Catholic Church declined to comment.

Email Ms Mills at or call 021 447 6334 to support Jo ma se Kos.

Noele Marryatt collecting coffee from the pot to serve for free to the community.