Jacksons Real Food Market in Bryanston and Kyalami started the Jacksons Foundation a few years ago and regularly support families and people in need. With the current Covod-19 lockdown restaurants are unable to operate, yet the need to feed those in need has become greater than ever before.

Hot 91.9FM contacted Gary Jackson to see how we could assist his business during this time, and in turn, he told us about this project, A Little Realeaf.

Gary has opened his Kyalami restaurant – with permission and permits- to assist during the lockdown. The Jackson Foundation has contributed R30 000 for the initial funding to start cooking for those less fortunate. Gary and his team have been cooking and packing delicious meals, together with other organisations, such as Hot Cares, have been distributing these meals to various locations in and around our area.

For listeners who would like to help, please donate directly to the Jackson Foundation with the reference: ‘A little realeaf’. For as little as R20, you can donate a meal to a person in need.
Their restaurants are also being used as collection points for dry goods which are then distributed to the homeless who have not been accommodated for in a shelter. A list of items has been posted on their Facebook page should you wish to contribute.

Hot Cares has collected about 700 of these meals and distributed between Diepsloot, Clay Oven Community and the homeless by the river in Bryanston. The response to these donations from the recipients has been heartwarming. From being speechless to comments such as “Food with real meat!”- the less fortunate have been extremely grateful to those involved in supplying these meals.

For any queries, or should you wish to get involved, please email hotcares@hot919.co.za or go to the Jacksons website, www.jacksonsrealfoodmarket.co.za/, or their Facebook page.