Thank you for helping in the food programme

28 November 2018 | From the DVC’s Desk

Dear students and colleagues

On behalf of the University of Cape Town (UCT), I am writing to thank each of you who volunteered in the UCT Food Security programme, which ran from 29 October to 16 November. I also want to thank the suppliers and donors who supported this project.

I especially thank members of the Food Security Task Team, the Department of Social Development staff and student volunteers, the Students’ Representative Council, the faculty councils, the Department of Student Affairs staff, the South African College of Music staff, staff from Student Housing and Residence Life, UCT Food and Connect, Properties and Services (Campus Security and Maintenance), and the International Academic Programmes Office. I also thank external suppliers, namely Maitland Fruit and Veg, Strange Foods, Malan Dairy, Pioneer Foods and C3 Food Services.

It is a wonderful expression of community, inclusivity and compassion when we respond with such generosity to the needs of others in this way. Thank you all again for making this possible.

In the coming year we will be working on a strategy for a more long-term, sustainable project to help those students who need food provided during the academic year. The intention is that such a project will develop into a programme that is a permanent part of the institution. Hunger is a very real and sensitive issue in South Africa. It is important that UCT ensures that students who need this kind of assistance receive it. This is an investment not only into their future but into the future they will help to create for South Africa.


Professor Loretta Feris
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Transformation

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