Nancy Kate has worked with MOWCS for nearly 15 years now. She is a local Xhosa-speaking woman who was born in Grahamstown and relies enormously on the care from this small organization. She only works twice a week and shares her payment, in the form of a meal, with her sightless mother in the Joza Township.
Nomkhitha Xamyimpi, dishes out peaches and custard to compliment meals delivered to the elderly or otherwise vulnerable in Grahamstown. The preparation of the full meal takes about two hours to hit the plate.
GaellynGrigg slices bread for the sandwich project in Joza and is the current branch manager for the Meals on Wheels services in Grahamstown and has been running the show since October 2011. Grigg only recently arrived in Grahamstown with her husband Anthony Grigg who serves as a priest in the local Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The Meals on Wheels menu varies from week to week, but the organization always strives to ensure their food is wholesome, healthy and affordable but of a high quality. The food is carefully prepared and gets paid for in part through government grants from the Department of Social Development.
The three women involved in the morning Meals on Wheels processes join hands in prayer prior dishing out the food. They give thanks for the kindness of the organisation’s providers and share the hope that the project shall continue.
Cooks Nancy Kate and Nomkhitha Xamyimpi aided by the driver Bettie Smailes serve out a chicken dinner complete with butternut and mushroom sauce for recipients across Grahamstown. The trio of workers makes the process pass quickly and ensure the early delivery of the packed meals to waiting community members.
Nancy Kate, Nomkhitha Xamyimpi and Bettie Smailes fill the Ford bakkie with the carefully packed meals ready to be warmed and eaten. The meal packages are propped up and supported by cushions for transportation across Grahamstown
Louise Donaldson pays the driver Bettie Smailes for meals delivered to her at Somerset Place during the month of August. Samiles is on good terms with all the recipients and the meal deliveries are often used an excuse to catch up. The initial costs of the meals are approximately R27, but with government grants in place they go for the more affordable price of R10 to R12 a meal.
Louise Donaldson, Stella Cornwell and Molly Puchert all stay at Somerset Place, a retirement village behind Settler’s hospital. Mrs Cornwell is happy to receive the meals twice a week from MOWCS because she finds standing and cooking for extended amounts of time hurts her back.
Zena Webb stands outside her home in African Street with her meals and oranges supplied by the Meals on Wheels Community Service in Grahamstown. Webb is now just shy of 90 years old and has been receiving meals from the organization for the past ten years.
RinaNel and Lorna Tesnar stand with their meals on the street beside their home in Grahamstown. These two women are the only non-white recipients of meals from the organization, which has only delivered meals within the immediate town. The MOWCS would like to extend its operations into the township and other immediate areas subject to extensive poverty, but their funding doesn’t allow for the preparation of either cheaper meals or an increase ein the number of meals without sacrificing their quality.