Who We Are

Our Story

After visiting a soup kitchen during the COVID lockdown of March 2020, Andre Viljoen, the owner of Woodstock Brewery, realised his large industrial cookers could be
re-purposed to make soup. This was during alcohol sale restrictions.

Many keen volunteers contributed by chopping vegetables and distributing the soup to impoverished areas of Cape Town. The idea soon gained momentum with key corporate donors like Premier Brands (Blue Ribbon bread) and The Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy Initiative.

More than 5 million meals were prepared at an average cost of R1.25 thanks to volunteers and donors!

Due to its ongoing success, Mother Soup eventually outgrew the brewery and handed over operations to the non-profit organisation GCU which has operated in schools and communities for 20 years.
In late 2021 factory space was acquired and developed, we installed our own industrial cookers. The initiative was named Mother City Kitchen. We launched mid 2022, and aim to continue making nutritious soup and other meals on a daily basis. More on that in ‘what we do’.

We want to see this efficient model expanded and replicated, so that City Kitchens are established throughout South Africa and beyond. Help us achieve this goal, GCU & Mother City Kitchen are authorised to issue S18A donation certificates for donations.