Who We Are

Just over two years ago, what is now the Breaking Bread team discussed the need for a reliable organisation to feed the local homeless people within our community.

We were invited to join a weekly mobile soup kitchen in Observatory called Soup Sessions. Created by visiting students with the aim to bring the whole community together to share a meal and enjoy live performances.

After the students left Cape Town, Breaking Bread continued to host Soup Sessions which still takes place every Friday at 4-pm in Observatory.

It became apparent that there was a need to provide food for every day of the week in the area where our co-director Sheradia Brown lives. Although we don’t have a permanent building, we made the decision to cook the food and provide it straight from Sheradia’s home in Salt River. We now cater for approximately fifty people for breakfast and lunch, Monday – Thursday, in addition to Soup Sessions on Friday.

Our purpose is not just to offer a nutritious meal; it’s to understand the difficult choices faced by Cape Town’s homeless community. We can only do that by getting to know each person we work with. Over time, and with more sustainable financial support, we aim to find a fixed address to serve as a community centre.

Breaking Bread Community Development’s mission is simple: we want to encourage the people we work with the empower themselves. Our aim is to challenge the stigma that homeless people face on a daily basis to help them become active members in our community.

We have a lot of work ahead of us but know that our work is important. It’s vital that we are an active part of the drive towards equality. We hope that whoever you are and wherever you’re reading this, that you share our positive spirit for change. Everyone of us has the ability to make a difference, and together, we can use Breaking Bread a viable platform to take action.

Read our Blog

2 months 2 weeks ago
The Silent Struggle of NPOs Battling Poverty

Are you looking for a non-profit organisation to donate to but are unsure which one to choose?

Breaking Bread is a small NPO based in Cape Town, South Africa. We work in the Salt River and Observatory suburbs, providing two meals every weekday to homeless people and others struggling to make...

1 year 3 months ago
How to Become a Breaking Bread Backabuddy Champion

Breaking Bread Community Development was first registered as an NPO in November 2016.  And since that official launch date, Breaking Bread has been self-financing our operation by creating online fundraising campaigns, via private donors, small businesses and events...

2 years 2 months ago
Pieces of the Funding Puzzle – Sustainable Funding

Last week, Breaking Bread launched our latest fundraising initiative – Pieces of the Funding Puzzle. The idea is to try and get as many business and individuals to...

2 years 4 months ago
​​​​​​​An Unlikely Hiking Hero – our Co-Director


Breaking Bread now has a fantastic new website, all thanks to our friends at Azna Technology. And what better way to introduce our new Breaking Bread blog than a fundraising campaign? One of our team is currently raising money via the ...