The Open Kitchen

The Open

Provide free meals to the vulnerable in South Africa

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Key Facts

27% of South Africans under the age of 5 are stunted

6.5 million South Africans are suffering from food insecurity

55.5% of South Africans are living below the poverty line

Food Poverty in South Africa

By supporting The Open Kitchen, you are ensuring the poor and vulnerable do not go to sleep on an empty stomach. Give today and help feed the hungry!

Over half of the South African population is living below the poverty line and millions of people lack the means to afford food on a daily basis. The harsh lockdowns and heavy rioting have only made matters worse for poor South Africans who have lost their jobs and livelihoods. As a result of the detrimental impact of the pandemic on our economy, millions of South Africans are now faced with hunger and high food insecurity.

Due to the rise of hunger and poverty in the country, Muslim Hands established a community kitchen that will provide nutritious food to vulnerable South Africans. The Open Kitchen provides warm meals to the homeless, elderly, and disabled who are unable to afford food for themselves. By supporting The Open Kitchen, you can help provide warm meals to the vulnerable and poor. Give today and help feed the hungry!

“I Had Nothing to Eat”

“Sometimes we worry where our next plate of food will come from and we go to sleep hungry” -Anthony 

Anthony is a 64-year-old man who lives with his two grandchildren in Manenberg, Western Cape. The family lives in a rented wendy house in extremely impoverished conditions. They struggle to source food daily as Anthony has been unemployed for the past five years due to his chronic illness.  

Through The Open Kitchen, Anthony and his grandchildren now receive warm nutritious meals on a regular basis, ensuring the family does not go to sleep hungry. 

“I want to say thank you very much. You have put a smile on my grandchildren’s faces today. We won’t have to go to sleep hungry tonight. May God bless each one of you” - Anthony 

Read Anthony's Story

How You’re Helping

Your donations are making a huge difference right here in South Africa

The Open Kitchen serves the homeless, elderly, disabled and poor in our communities.

Hundreds of poor and vulnerable South Africans are provided with warm nutritious meals weekly.

Our staff are hard at work to keep the Open Kitchen running and provide food to the poor.

The kitchen was established in 2021 as a response to growing food insecurity and poverty in South Africa.

Your donations allow us to produce fresh, nutritious, warm meals to feed the poor weekly.

The Open Kitchen has collaborated with local organisations, including Melomed Gatesville Private Hospital.

Help Your Neighbours in South Africa

The Open Kitchen

The Prophet (saw) said, "He is not a believer whose stomach is filled while his neighbor goes hungry." [Bukhari]

Muslim Hands ZA

Established in 1996, Muslim Hands SA NPC is an aid agency and NGO aiming to help those affected by natural disasters, conflict and poverty. It is a branch of Muslim Hands UK established in 1993 in Nottingham.