Wits student aims to eliminate poverty one slice of bread at a time.

A Wits architecture student has started an initiative to feed people living on the streets of Braamfontein on a weekly basis.

Second year student Kagiso Morake is the founder of ‘One Slice at a Time’ which provides peanut butter and jam sandwiches for the homeless community living around Wits University.

Morake said he was encouraged to start the initiative after noticing a large number of people in the area begging for food and cash.

“I posted about this on social media. I got great responses because it is not much to give but it is enough to make a difference,” Morake said.

“When people ask to donate, I also encourage them to not only put in the money. I want them to experience the feeling of making the sandwiches and handing them out,” Morake told Wits Vuvuzela.

The project is dependent on donations and Morake’s personal contributions.

Second year BA Law student, Andani Thovhakale, is one of the nine people who have donated towards ‘One Slice at a Time’.

Thovhakale told Wits Vuvuzela, “I thought that this initiative is the first step towards the alleviation of poverty in our communities. I felt that this initiative would be able to bring the privileged closer to the needy,” Thovhakale said.

Alphonia Phori, a 21-year-old volunteer at Community Upliftment Programme which assists students who are financially disadvantaged told Wits Vuvuzela she joined Morake’s food drive because it is a great initiative, “if we can help other people with the little we can, what more could one wish for than to put a smile on someone’s face”.