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These children are the future and Ruff's Kitchens is giving them a fighting chance in life by providing a nutritious meal every day at school

About the Charity

Ruff’s Kitchens is a charitable foundation set up to feed vulnerable children at school in Zimbabwe. We currently feed over 5,000 children every school day. Zimbabwe used to be the “breadbasket of Africa” however it now suffers from 90% unemployment, poor governance and severe poverty.

Children can walk up to 12 miles to school on empty stomachs. There is no food provided at school and no guarantee of a meal when they get home. These children are the future of Zimbabwe and the only hope of changing the country for the better.

The charity was launched in April 2012 and is run by its founder Jonathan Ruff and Sharon Thompson from Zimbabwe’s children. We currently work in 8 primary schools and 6 ECD centres, with each child receiving a nutritious, porridge-based meal packed with vitamins, minerals and energy – which the children love!

As a result, the schools in Ruff’s Kitchens feeding programme have seen an average 50% rise in attendance.  Children are happier, looking healthier and have higher energy levels which in turn enhances concentration and improved learning.  This is all down to one simple meal each day.

Ruff’s Kitchens manages every aspect of the program to ensure every penny is spent on feeding the children. We have personally sourced the food from a local supplier who then deliver it directly to the rural school’s kitchen.  Hygiene is a priority, so training and a manual is provided on storage, preparation and exact portion quantity.

All equipment is supplied by Ruff’s Kitchen – mixing pots, weighing scales, bowls, spoons, disinfectant and washing utensils.  Our hard-working field officer, Peter, does weekly checks to ensure its smooth running.

Ruff’s Kitchens invaluable contribution to the health and well-being of Zimbabwe’s children has lifelong benefits to many lives, schools and communities. Due to the positive impact already made by the charity, there are plans to open more kitchens with a goal to feeding over 10,000 children each day across 30 schools by 2021

Your donations will enable us to reach this goal.

15,513,827 Meals served since 2012


  • Why Zimbabwe?

    A very good question! When I first had the idea of a feeding program I reached out to many charitable organisations working in poor, developing countries.  To my surprise – many said no or just wanted the money to use for their own charitable purposes.  This did not fit with my objective of 100% of the funds going to the people who need it and not some highly paid Executive! After months of reaching out to many charities ONE responded which I realised had a small like-minded team with the same aims – Zimbabwe’s Children! That’s how it began!

  • What type of food do we feed the children?

    A traditional porridge-based drink called Mahewu which is easy to make in large quantities and can be stored for long periods.  A tailor-made recipe has been created for Ruff’s Kitchens to include essential vitamins and minerals for developing children and for those taking Anti-Retroviral medication for HIV/AIDS.

  • When I buy a meal for a child what happens next?

    Your contribution will not maintain the amount of children we are feeding – it will help us to INCREASE the numbers.  Each school term, with the donations we receive, we will grow the number of schools we work with and commit to feeding their children for a year.

  • Will i get updates?

    Yes.  We have a Facebook page where we will post regular updates and you will receive a monthly newsletter by email.

  • Does Zimbabwe need a feeding program?

    YES!  I have travelled there many times and experienced their wonderful hospitality and, unfortunately, seen their immense suffering.  30 years of dictatorship and corruption by the ruling elite has destroyed this beautiful country and its intelligent, hardworking people.  The hunger crisis and severe malnutrition are real, especially amongst the children!  We hope one day they will take back the reigns and bring equal, self-sufficient prosperity to all.

  • How are the funds distributed?

    All the funds go to Zimbabwe to pay for the food, equipment to serve the food and to pay our field officers that monitor the feeding program, meaning every penny donated goes to making Zimbabwe a better place.

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