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Supporting Community Action Network Kitchens

Inyathelo, the Bertha Centre, and around 30 Community Action Network (CAN) Kitchens collaborated on an initiative to support CAN Kitchens become sustainable entities. 


As lockdown restrictions were lifted, support to Cape Town Together’s, Community Action Network (CAN) kitchens dwindled, and kitchens were struggling with how to remain financially sustainable.

At the end of last year, Inyathelo had conversations with CAN kitchens and a collaboration formed between Inyathelo, the Bertha Centre, and around 30 CAN Kitchens to look at how to build financial resilience, whether and how to register as formal entities, growing the network of orgs working towards food security, facilitating relationship-building and partnering, participating in co-research, centering communities through advocacy programmes, contributing to social justice and equity, and showcasing community philanthropy.

The programme has been going for several months but has only scratched the surface on development support. The kitchens are more than kitchens, they are community hubs led by women who are community leaders who are concerned about many issues in their communities. While the kitchens are run by volunteers and have huge resource constraints, they demonstrate immense philanthropy and collaboration.

The workshops on food security will take place on the 27th of August and the 3rd of September with the final close-out session taking place on the 17th of September.

If you would like any further information on this programme please contact Suzanne Solomons at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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