Seven Years in the Making: The Pots of Hope Story


Picture this: a vibrant, heartwarming initiative that started in 2016 to unite organizations and individuals in a beautiful tapestry of love and compassion for those who endure the daily struggle of survival. Fast forward to the present day, and Pots of Hope has become a cherished tradition, an event held on or around World Homeless Day (10 October).

Potjiekos with a Side of Dignity

In its initial years, Pots of Hope’ had two elements: First of all, a potjiekos competition in which our eager contestants prepared an array of delicious and wholesome meals, generously donated for the second feature of the day—a delightful pop-up restaurant. Our wonderful guests—displaced, destitute and vulnerable folk who seldom get to enjoy a meal out—were invited to partake in an unforgettable dining experience. As smiles and laughter filled the air, they perused a menu to select their desired potjiekos dishes while waiters graciously served their chosen meals, refreshments, and desserts.

Adapting with Heart Amid the Pandemic

In 2020 and 2021, Pots of Hope faced the challenge of COVID-19 restrictions, forcing us to take a different, more socially distant approach, while retaining our commitment to those in need.

In 2020, contestants rolled up their sleeves and prepared their potjies in the cozy confines of their own homes. These delectable creations then embarked on a journey to a central point, where they were carefully distributed to various beneficiaries, including feeding schemes, children’s homes, old age homes, and families. The essence of Pots of Hope remained strong: sharing love and a good meal, even if the setting had changed.

In 2021, while restrictions began to ease, the time wasn’t quite right to reopen our pop-up restaurant. Instead, we embarked on an eco-friendly journey, distributing meals in containers that nature would be proud of, with biodegradable cutlery, generously donated by Enviromall.

In the End, It’s All About Hope

For the past two years, we’ve experienced the joy of reintroducing our pop-up restaurant, while continuing with the distribution of packaged meals. And for the third year in a row, Enviromall has donated eco-friendly, biodegradable containers. This year, our potjies continued to simmer with love, and we had a whopping 33 of them! As a result, around 680 meals found their way into the hands of those who needed them most.

Pots of Hope is about more than just food; it’s about sharing hope, spreading kindness, and building a stronger, more compassionate community. We invite you to join us in the extraordinary journey of Pots of Hope. Together, we’ll continue to spread love and create a glimmer of hope in the lives of those who need it most. It’s not just a meal; it’s a message—South Africa cares.

Want to be part of our next outreach? Become a Hero and help us serve plates full of hope and dignity!


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