Feel Good This company is converting glass jars into containers of hope and support

This company is converting glass jars into containers of hope and support

Glass jars can be used over and over, giving the environment a breather

A South African company is helping out local communities and the environment this Mandela Month by converting glass jars into receptacles for delicious, ready-to cook meals.

The Glass Recycling Company (TGRC) team spent their 67 minutes for Mandela Day packing non-perishable foods into jars that could be made into a hearty, protein-rich meal to feed a family of four. These simple food jars were donated to a local charity to be distributed to people who need it within their community.

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Not only that, but the company has issued instructions that will allow anyone to make a “ jar of hope ” for distribution to those in need.

The glass jars put together by employees of the company are very easy to make and you, too, can fill up a jar or two for someone in your community this July.

Simply layer the following items in a one-litre jar:

  • 1/2 cup of rice
  • 1/2 cup of soup mix or split peas
  • 1/2 cup of lentils
  • 1 unwrapped stock cube
  • 1 sachet soup powder

The recipients can add these ingredients to 2.5 litres of hot water and boil for 40 minutes, resulting in a warm winter soup to help keep cold weather and hunger pangs at bay.   

“Like many other local businesses and organisations, TGRC has needed to navigate a way forward, while we are also dealing with economic strain,” the company says.

“Although this is a seemingly small gesture, we are assisting our staff members to pack a single jar each to assist a family during this cold winter.  

“On this unique commemorative day, we wanted to play a part, no matter how small, to keep the Madiba spirit of service to others alive. We want to challenge others to do the same, because even small gestures mean the world to someone else,” the company adds.

The Glass Recycling Company consists of a team dedicated to increasing glass recycling in South Africa.

You can make a difference this Mandela Month – even with a small budget!