Chef Coo Pillay, CWC National Project Manager
Food is both part of our heritage and culture, and a basic human right. Yet many South Africans go to bed hungry at night. Since the start of lockdown, Chefs with Compassion (CWC) has provided over 1 million meals to the most food vulnerable in our society. Now, in celebration of Heritage Day and in solidarity with those who fight hunger every day, CWC is inviting every South African to take part in a Heritage food challenge.

“Between 12 and 27 September, Chefs with Compassion is challenging South Africans to share a video of themselves holding a plate of food and, in their native tongue, saying ‘We are South African and this is OUR food’.”

Chef Coo Pillay, CWC National Project Manager, says, “Between 12 and 27 September, Chefs with Compassion is challenging South Africans to share a video of themselves holding a plate of food and, in their native tongue, saying ‘We are South African and this is OUR food’. And to challenge their family, friends, colleagues, loved ones, celebrities and corporates, to do the same.”

Should you accept the challenge, you are asked to donate R10 (or any denominations of R10) to CWC when you share your video or photo. R10 is the cost of a meal, explains Chef Coo; “That’s what it costs us to produce a meal out of rescued, surplus produce that would otherwise have gone to waste. Your donation will help us, through our network of waste warriors, chefs, drivers and volunteers, to continue our work of providing meals to the hungry.”

“R10 is what it costs us to produce a meal out of rescued, surplus produce that would otherwise have gone to waste.”

The submitted videos and photos will be shared on CWC’s social media pages, and spread by every South African who accepts the #OurFood challenge – of all colours and cultures, from your neighbour to your community leader, celebrities, food influencers and more.

Chef Thabo Mokomane and shisanyama
Taking up the challenge will also stand you the chance to win great prizes, meals and experiences from the participating celebrities and friends of CWC.

How to take up #OurFood challenge:

  1. Cook your favourite heritage food.
  2. Either on your own, or with your family or friends, take a picture or record a video of yourself with your plate of food saying “I am South African and this is OUR food”.
  3. Pay an amount of your choice in denominations of R10 into the Chefs with Compassion bank account using this link: chefswithcompassion.org.za/donate-now/
  4. Upload your video or pic to the #OurFood event page on Chefs with Compassion’s Facebook page, using the hashtags #OurFood and #HeritageDay: https://bit.ly/CWCourfood
  5. Challenge friends, family, colleagues, celebrities, corporates within your circle to do the same! Remember to tag the person who challenged you, and the people or companies you are challenging when you upload your video or photo.
For more information, go to: chefswithcompassion.org.za/ourfood-heritage-month-challenge/

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