In 2014 City Mission developed a partnership with the Slick Restaurant Group and Tygerberg Hospital’s Ophthalmology Department to feed approximately 150 patients per day with a sandwich, fruit and beverage. The Slick Restaurant Group donates corneal transplants that they are importing from the USA for people in need. This will undoubtedly improve visual acuity amongst people of all ages, who would otherwise not have this opportunity.
However, many of these people are from communities in need, living in destitute conditions and are forced to queue and sit for hours waiting to be treated. Sadly many people who come for treatment have used their last financial resources to get to the hospital and have not eaten all day.
With this in mind we supply a little meal pack of sandwiches, a fruit and juice for approximately 150 patients twice a week. (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
An average of 300 meal packs per week are prepared by volunteers, most of who come from an aged Care Centre in Hanover Park. Feeding is not the final goal and this allows us opportunities to engage with people, offer emotional support and develop friendships that lead to changed lives.
For every field task we seek an intentional outcome. We often get feedback from recipients and every engagement gives us an opportunity to bring hope to and change someone’s life for the better.
“Good morning, I’m Johanna; Today I’m here at the eye clinic at Tygerberg hospital and what a lovely surprise when your friendly angels pitch with a lovely meal pack and a icy cool drink much appreciated and grateful for. Thanks for the sponsors and willing hands that prepare it. I’m trusting God for 20/20 vision in both my eyes its already improving.”
One recipient of a meal pack at Tygerberg Hospital says;
“I had such a huge surprise when I was sitting at Tygerberg Hospital when someone handed me a meal pack … and I didn’t have to pay for it!!! Wow, that’s all I could say …. It was the first time in days I had something substantial to eat. It was wonderful and I felt soooo blessed. I do work but my income is not enough and after paying everything, money to buy proper food is not there so we eat something small every second day.”