The nationwide lockdown has left the Beerhouse team in shambles, forcing them to lay-off staff and close their doors with no idea when they will reopen in future.
Instead of giving up, they have decided they will not go down without a fight, and make a difference for the better while they are at it. Beerhouse aims to reopen one day to serve thirsty patrons the best beer in town again but until that day they are going to help the hungry.
“In the meantime, we simply cannot stand by while our communities and staff grow desperate and hungry,” says Beerhouse.
As of April 21, Beerhouse has turned their kitchen into an operational soup kitchen.
“We are calling our staff in two at a time on a rotation to earn a daily cash wage and take some food home to feed their families,” says Beerhouse.
The food being made by the team is being donated to local soup kitchen Ladles of Love. Every Monday and Thursday the team is able to make between 400 and 600 litres of soup that is picked up and distributed to the Ocean View community by The Hebron Project.
Beerhouse has also partnered with Tygerberg Hills Lions club to raise funds to get the project off the ground. Support for the project has been rolling in.
Thanks to steady donations, the kitchen was able to stay open for a week producing at least 200 meals for those in need a day.
How can you help?
Beerhouse is appealing to the public to help in the following ways.
1. Cash donations
The #YellowFund on BackaBuddy is the easiest place to donate money that will go towards paying staff who work in the kitchen everyday as well as operational costs.
2. Food donations
Anything from grains, vegetables, meats and spices will be highly appreciated. These donations can be dropped off at Beerhouse on Long, 219 Long Street, Cape Town CBD, from Monday – Friday 8 am – 2pm. Any donations possible will be accepted including food parcels and hygiene parcels.
3. Equipment donations
Beerhouse is in need of the following equipment:
20L – 50L containers to transport food from Beerhouse to Ladles of Love
50L – 100L cooking pots
Gloves & cleaning chemicals (also operational expenses)
You can email [email protected] or call 083 503 5118 to find out more about how you can get involved.