goes back to 1945, when
the late Bishop Trevor Huddleston started soup kitchens in
winter for hungry children in Alexandra and Soweto.
Five years later, the first permanent feeding centre was
established and the scheme was feeding 4000 children daily.
Early on ACFS rejected the idea
of handouts. We believed that the problem was caused by poverty
and lack of knowledge – and the focus of the scheme
turned to health education and programmes designed to help
poverty-stricken people become economically independent.
Special tribute must be paid to the thousands of supporters
– ordinary members of the public as well as influential
businessmen and women – who have embraced these values
and provided the funds that have sustained the organisation
over the years.
Together, we have improved the quality of life for
so many people, and helped to combat the scourge of malnutrition,
poverty and HIV/AIDS.