Mandela Day challenge sees 94,359 liters of soup served up in South Africa

People walk past a mural of former South Africa’s president Nelson Mandela, in Katlehong, east of Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, July 18, 2022

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Johannesburg: A challenge on Mandela Day on July 18 to prepare and serve up 67,000 liters of soup to the needy resulted in 94,359 liters of soup being distributed in the ensuing days, according to organizers Chefs with Compassion.

This was more than 17,000 liters more than the previous record set up last year in the annual #67000litres Challenge for Mandela Day, which is now in its third year.

The UN has designated July 18, the birthday of prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela, as International Mandela Day. South Africans engage in diverse community benefit activities around the figure 67, denoting the years of his life that Mandela spent before being freed after 27 years as a political prisoner of the white minority apartheid government to lead the country as its first democratically elected president.

Mandela passed away in 2013.

Hundreds of home cooks, chefs, corporates and communities provided nutrient-rich soup to over 37,000 people across seven of the nine provinces of South Africa, hence it took a few days to tally the final distribution figure countrywide, said Ryan Grant on behalf of the organizers.

The project is the biggest annual community cooking individuals initiative in South Africa in which 128 participants representing hotels, restaurants, companies, and took up the challenge and got behind their stoves to cook for a cause.

Prepared in batches of between two and 12,000 liters at each venue, the soup was cooked in hotels, canteens, home kitchens and community soup kitchens before being distributed to the needy.

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