SDR provides 800 meals a day Monday to Friday from 82 Canterbury Street, Cape Town. Most of the meals are sent off site to various creches, clinics and church group feeding schemes on the Cape Flats.

The building in Canterbury Street houses our kitchen and dining room which can seat 150 people at a time. We start serving meals at 11:30 and continue to serve until we run out of food for that day. Our customers purchase their meal for 5c but we also hand out coupons to those who ask as many are unable to offer even 5c.

Coupon booklets can be purchased from SDR and each coupon entitles the bearer to a meal at the Service Dining Rooms. The purchase of these coupon booklets provides a small income stream for SDR while enabling people in the city to give to those in need without having to use cash.

We have a staff of 8 and a handful of core volunteers who help with the preparation, serving and cleaning. On Sundays our facilities are staffed by volunteers from the Central Methodist Mission and we enjoy regular visits from students at the nearby Cape Peninsula University of Technology. We also get occasional volunteers who can fill in for a day or two here and there. All volunteers are welcome and we will gladly find work for you to do!

All the food we serve is provided through donations.

  • Checkers, Sea Point provides us daily with their sell-by-date produce.
  • We receive fish from I&J twice every week.
  • Chef Pons Asian Kitchen provides chicken and duck off-cuts twice a week.
  • Tongaat-Hulett provides sugar once a month.
  • We also receive occasional donations from individuals and other companies.
  • We supplement these in-kind donations with purchases of staples such as soya and samp, bought using funds donated to us by generous benefactors.

If you’d like to know more the booklet “The Story of the Service Dining Rooms” by Ray Jensen is available on request. Electronic copies can be emailed to you or pop in and visit us to request a copy.