Cape Town feeds the homeless

Hundreds of homeless people spent the longest night of the year with a full belly and some warmth.

A homeless boy begs for money in Johannesburg. Picture: Matshidiso Madia

CAPE TOWN - Hundreds of the Mother City's homeless spent the longest night of the year with a full belly and some warmth.

Pick 'n Pay partnered with the Mustadafin Foundation, SAPS & suppliers to bring some cheer on the winter solstice on Thursday.

Alroy Du Plessis said he was grateful as the streets were rough and he was not often treated to a warm meal.

"I want to say thank you to these people who gave us this food. God bless them."

Pick 'n Pay Western Cape marketing manager, Mark Jennings, braved the cold and rainy weather to help volunteers on the Grand Parade.

"We thought we would feed people who have it rough on the streets. So we came out and we had enough food for a thousand people! We had blankets, and we we made a difference to a great amount of people on Cape Town Parade. It was really such a moving experience."

Meanwhile, homeless Capetonians said the shelters they stay at become overcrowded during the winter period.

More than 1,000 people are cared for at The Haven Night Shelters across the Peninsula every day.

Some of the organisation's shelters are in areas such as Paarl, Ceres, George, Kraaifontein and Cape Town.