Saving children from the ravages of malnutrition for nearly 77 years

Established in 1945, the ACFS is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (NPO No. 001-213) and Public Beneficiary Organisation (PBO no. 930000475) which operates under the leadership of a Board of Trustees.

Ours was the original peanut butter sandwich and milk feeding scheme – and this humble meal remains at the core of our flagship feeding project.

Over the years, the organisation has grown and developed to provide a holistic programme aimed at enabling all children to reach their potential.

We now have 9 community centres in Soweto, Alexandra, Kagiso, Tsakane and one in Bothaville Freestate where food is prepared and served to pre-schoolers and school children who have been identified as being at risk. We also have a bakery in Jabavu where fresh bread and rolls are baked daily and sold to the community. Each centre has a well established communal food garden, where volunteers from the community grow vegetables for the feeding scheme, as well as for their own use.

The centres act as community hubs, providing early childhood development programmes and a range of support services for families – such as access to information and resources such as computers, skills training and personal development.

None of this would be possible without the support of thousands of caring South Africans – ordinary members of the public as well as influential businessmen and women – who provide the funds to sustain our organisation.



ACFS is dedicated to the development and protection of children and their families through a focus on improving access to nutrition, health, early learning and stimulation, as well as skills development.



For all children to reach their full potential.



  • To create enabling environments where children can thrive and learn;
  • To help combat unemployment by training a variety of skills that enable and enhance income generating social enterprises, e.g. food gardens;
  • To create a safe, creative and an enabling environment that meets the unique needs of all children.