Outside The Bowl Africa rallying to set World Record, for most Potjiekos made by one person, in one day, on October 2, 2021 and work towards #zerohunger2030
|What: Outside The Bowl Africa targets world record for most Potjiekos pots cooked by one person, in one day #zerohunger2030 |
When: October 2, 2021- times to be advised closer to the time
Where: Paarl Mall
To get involved or donate: Find the donate links on website or contact Business Development Manager, Loren Erasmus. E-mail email@example.com or by mobile 087 550 1257
Website Outside the Bowl Africa: https://outsidethebowlafrica.org/
Website OTB Africa: http://otbafrica.africa/
Event video: https://www.facebook.com/events/537384357660179
On October 2, 2021, Outside The Bowl Africa will be at The Paarl Mall, cooking Potjiekos. It is hoped that the non-profit company, will set a World Record for the most Potjiekos made by one person, in one day. Mark Maingard who is co-founder of the Wellington based company is gearing up to cook 100 Potjiekos pots -enough yummy food to feed 10 000 vulnerable people in communities in the region. Yes, the aim is to feed at least ten thousand people, in one day. This event is very much about raising awareness and support for the organisation’s Hunger Campaign which was launched in April . According to Outside The Bowl Africa, “approximately 6 000 to 12 000 people dying of hunger every day and the world’s children are suffering the most.”
Maingard says that the organisation’s “aim is to manufacture and provide 500 000 ambient, nutritional meals per day by 2025 and play a part in hunger eradication by 2030.” [Ambient food is also tagged as shelf-stable food. It is food which does not require refrigeration and which may be safely be kept at room or ‘ambient temperature’.] The organisation is activating around the hashtag #zerohunger2030. The event on October 2- attempting to break the Potjiekos World Record [cooked by one person] is ultimately about the organisation’s core purpose – to provide nutritious food to those-in-need. Maingard says: “Although my team will assist me in setting up the 100 pots as well as making the fires, I am hoping to set a world record by cooking the Potjiekos all by myself. This is how Outside The Bowl Africa is showcasing its efforts to combat childhood hunger in our communities.”
On October 2, at the Potjiekos cook-off, Outside The Bowl Africa is lobbying to raise R1 million to facilitate the feeding of 1 000 000 children. It costs R1.50 for a portion to buy the organisation’s innovative Vita Kidz Instant Energy Meal – which requires no refrigeration. For the Potjiekos pot cook-off campaign on October 2, OTB is making the portions available at R1 a pop. That means that all money raised on the day will be channelled into providing Vita Kidz – at a cost of R1 per serving.
Vita Kidz is an amazing product. “One portion of Vita Kidz provides a child with up to 80% of the daily nutrition they need to survive and thrive,” says Maingard. The energy meal is made at Outside The Bowl Africa’s three food manufacturing facilities, in Wellington, South Africa, The company supplies nutritionally rich but low-cost energy meals – Vita Kidz and Super V Instant Energy meals- to ECD centres, crèches, soup kitchens, faith based organisations, ministries, municipalities, government institutions and needy communities.
Outside The Bowl Africa’s mission is to help communities in the Drakenstein Valley of the Western Cape, “vulnerable people in the Western Cape as well as vulnerable people and communities in other areas of South Africa, Africa, and the world.” Maingard is urging businesses and individuals to get involved in this exciting World Record attempt. “With this Potjiekos initiative I would like to show organisations/companies and individuals that we can do this if we stand together and feed 10 000 people with a warm plate of food in one day.” With winter, the pandemic and lockdown, there is a urgent need to address hunger: “Now, more than ever, we need to stand together, I believe there’s no better way to thank the communities for what they do and lift the spirits of those in need with a warm pot of food, especially good food prepared around a fire!”
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Outside The Bowl Africa is a non-profit organisation which has the goal of addressing food poverty. According to statistics on Outside The Bowl’s website, in South Africa, about 20 percent of the population does not have income to purchase enough food to meet their nutritional needs and/or do not have access to food from another source – for example from the land. Do the Math and that adds up to one-fifth of the population which is being throttled by food poverty. In the ongoing pandemic, with continuing lockdown and the recent unrest in the country, the numbers of hungry people are increasing.
In addition to supplying food to those-in-need, Outside The Bowl Africa is committed to serving food which is packed with essential nutrition. It does this with its own formulated ambient products- Vita Kidz and Super V Instant Energy meals – which are formulated to provide 80% of a child’s nutritional daily needs. Each serving includes: protein, Omega 3, calcium, iron, folate, fibre and vitamins A, C, and D. The products may be stored at ambient room temperature and do not require refrigeration. In order to make a meal, the maize-based powder preparations are mixed with water. When water is added, this results in an instant meal or porridge. The products are priced at R1.50 a serving, for a child. That may sound a low price but each serving is packed with daily nutritional requirements and formulated according to strict guidelines, as advised by health and nutrition experts. For OTB, this is essential. It is not only about addressing Food Poverty but also providing nutritious meals. Many feeding schemes may be well intentioned in providing meals but it is more than simply providing a sandwich or a plate or bowl of soup. A quick fix is to stop hunger but the longer view is to ensure that people become healthier in the process and this pivotal to Outside The Bowl.
At the helm of Outside The Bowl Africa, are Mark Maingard and Marais Greyling. They have been working together since 2016. Maingard’s focus is on “feeding the hungry” and Marais trains “disadvantaged youth in hospitality.” Together with partners, Outside The Bowl is an activist organisation which is approaching Food Poverty from several directions. It is feeding the hungry, up-skilling people in the hospitality industry and creating job opportunities in its soup kitchens; distribution networks and other projects. In the past two years, OTB has distributed its products to countries on the African continent and around the world. OTB has chapters in Haiti and Mexico. The aim is to extend its reach. Outside The Bowl Africa is currently developing and establishing additional feeding kitchens in communities around Southern Africa.
Its Potjiekos Pot cook-off on October 2, 2021, at The Paarl Mall is about harnessing energy, raising awareness, having fun but most importantly to feed at least ten thousand people from the Potjiekos cooked on that day. In tandem, it is hoped that, people will donate money, on the day and this will enable OTB to deliver its nutritious meals to those in need. Please note that the African chapter of Outside The Bowl is a separate entity from projects abroad. Below is the Instagram tag for Africa and the website details are in the box at the top of this page. If in doubt, contact BDO’s Business Development Officer, Loren Erasmus and she will assist you and ensure that your donation goes where you want it to go and not to another chapter, out of Africa.
Information: If you would like to get involved with the Potjiekos cook-off on October 1, 2021, want to, donate or if you are interested in purchasing products for your feeding scheme/kitchen/project, get in contact with OTB’s Business Development Manager, Loren Erasmus. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile 087 550 1257
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