St Benedict’s Abbey School Hostel Feeding Programme
This programme started in June of 2013 as a direct response to a need the then Apostolic Administrator and now Bishop of Polokwane expressed when the catering services at one of the hostels the diocese runs collapsed.
As part of the Expanded Public Works programme we had been training four people as cooks in our training centre.
The monastery was not sure how or if it should extend the training programme. The crises in the diocese became a challenge and with little knowledge of mass feeding a proposal was submitted to the Apostolic Administrator and it was agreed the Abbey would provide the service until the end of 2013.
The programme, menu, food quality and management and budget controls worked extremely well and the Abbey was asked to continue its work. From feeding 250 children in June 2013 we now feed 559 children aged between 5 and 18 years of age at two sites and operate a tuck-shop at a third site.
The untrained staff who worked in the kitchens at the school hostels, are now being skilled and the enterprise offers employment to 13 people. Through this employment some 65 members of the community are supported.
The service provided compares very favourably with other similar enterprises and is considerably cheaper.
One of the young Brothers, Laurant is being trained and groomed to head the enterprise. He works closely with Michael Lebo Monyela and Johnas Molotsi the two centre co-ordinating chefs and with Ms Linah Mothapo centre co-ordinator at Subiaco
This year these 13 people will serve 469 560 breakfast, lunch and suppers in addition to another 89 450 break snacks.
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