A meal a day at Westlake

The team helping with the feeding of Westlake Primary School pupils, from left, Thobeka Mthimkhulu, Abieda Isaacs, John van Wyk, Landie Diamond and Elizabeth Koeberg.

During lockdown, Westlake Primary School has been providing a meal a day to 250 pupils who depend on the school’s feeding scheme.

Principal Landie Diamond says she approached the Ackerman Family Foundation to donate food, and she and some of the staff and parents cook it at their homes for the children.

“For many of them, that is the only meal they will eat that day. At first, we only served Monday to Friday like how the school would operate, but then we saw that there’s a growing (need).”

The meals include sandwiches and juice, pasta and fish, rice and soya beans, chicken curry and uMngqusho (samp and beans).

Ms Diamond said they were practising physical distancing and using hand sanitisers.

Other family members were also relying on the meals
being provided to the pupils, she said.

“The other day, I noticed that one of the older kids was hiding behind the wall and was waiting to eat with the younger one. I went to visit the home; the situation is bad, and these are all bright children. I even find myself taking out of my own pocket because people are hungry, especially now.”