Having done this before, permit me to give some advice. I hope this is not
taken the wrong way, it is merely a recount of my experience.
We used to do feeding schemes all over the western cape, and focused on the
poorest of the poor, farm workers' children, whose parents were(are) still
paid with the dop-system.
We arranged shoebox collections for xmas, feeding weekends where we made
big pots of spaghetti mince, stews, hot-dogs etc and spent lots of time
with the kids trying to make a difference. the list goes on and on.
All we got in return was " I dont like mince" and anything that was not a
half decent plastic toy was simply thrown on the floor and discarded as
useless (Who needs hand knitted gloves and socks in winter anyway) Fights
broke out if one kid got better toys than the other, the parents sat one
side nursing a babellas.
Now im not blaming anyone here, but in general I felt defeated, and had to
take a long hard look at why things went awry.
The is a huge difference between a hand OUT and a hand UP. Always think
of your strategy and how their lives would be different if you walked away.
In my case , Addressing the problem at root level may have yielded better
results. I strongly feel that food schemes and the like are alot like
giving money to robot beggers. you are simply making the problem worse by
Many times people in a bad situation simply wait for the next do gooder to
bring them something to pawn for their REAL needs/wants.
Some would say that chocolate eggs doesnt constitute a feeding scheme.
Simply see it as just doing something nice for someone and you'll be fine.
Man I hope im not coming off as being negative here. If you really want to
do good, good on you! Just make sure you are making the right difference.
Even chat to Gift of the Givers or similar organisation and see what can be
done via one of them perhaps.
Keep doing good!