By the end of September, the fund had helped support an incredible 55 restaurants, including Railways Café in Pretoria, which distributed food parcels; D’urban Burger Co in Durban, which cooked and delivered over 1650 hot meals to the vulnerable; Love Bites Café in Soweto, Gauteng, which served 800 meals to underprivileged communities in and around Soweto; and Big Mamma’s in Cape Town, which doubled up its open kitchen to run both a delivery service and a soup kitchen supplying hot meals to a child/youth care centre in the area.
As the need continued Eat Out continued to fund 33 restaurants so that they could continue with their feeding projects.
While the fund will continue to help restaurants during the crisis, it is also expanding into a new project to offer young and disadvantaged people the opportunity to train and work within the industry.
Eat Out Food School
Eat Out continues to work with the community and has just launched the Eat Out Food School, due to open in February, 2021. It's a new initiative giving 15 unemployed or disadvantaged youths the opportunity to gain employment within the restaurant industry.
"Our aim is to help rebuild South Africa’s restaurant industry by giving back and upskilling the historically disadvantaged youth to increase employment within the industry," said a spokesperson from Eat Out.
Eat Out will be offering a fully-funded 12-month 'learnership' to students, between the ages of 18 to 34, who meet the criteria and show a passion for the industry.
Applications are now open and will close on the 30th November 2020. Visit https://help.eatout.co.za/food-school to find out more.