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Mothersoup

Cape Town soup kitchen uses cutting edge technology to create Covid-safe-project.

ABOUT MOTHERSOUP

During South Africa’s first lockdown in February 2020, the owner of Woodstock Brewery, Andre Viljoen realized that his brewery (which, was not allowed to produce beer during lockdown) had some of Cape Town’s largest Kettles and could be re-purposed in the City’s great time of need to provide nutritious meals to the ever-growing ranks of Cape Town’s hungry.

The strict lockdown measures (including the closure of restaurants and pubs) put in place to curb the spread of Covid, forced many people who were just getting by, into the “soup line”. Rather than sit idle, Woodstock decided to do what it could to get through the crisis — The Mother Soup initiative was born.

Over one year later, and after providing over 5 million meals, Mother Soup is still going strong. With generous donations, (solely) from the private sector and individuals from around the world, Mother Soup is set to expand its operations by building a purpose-built, food production facility.

Woodstock’s soup production facility has always been threatened with disruptions in its operations due to Covid as soup making is a laborious endeavor requiring considerable labor by Woodstock’s dedicated staff and volunteers. Labor required to prepare the nutritious vegetables is the only really bottleneck that can stop soup production and this means people are going to go to bed hungry.

LumenlabsTM, inspired by the Mother Soup story has donated its LumenizerTM 300 light fixtures to kit out the facility to ensure soup production can continue even in this heightened state of precaution. These fixtures use new, leading-edge technology, developed by Columbia University in New York to ensure that the production environment is 99.9% free of all germs and pathogens.

Creating a “Safe-Zone” work environment to keep the soup flowing — This represents potentially the very first application of FAR UVC technology in this manner not only in Africa, but the World. LumenlabsTM has provided same technology to the Chinese Olympic Team and the China delegation during the 2021 Summer Games in Tokyo.

COVID-SAFE WORKING ZONE - THE LUMENIZER 300

UVC lighting has been used as a germicidal for decades. However, it is only now that the technology can be used safely around humans and poses no threat to human tissue even after prolonged exposure.

This technological breakthrough was only discovered in 2018 by Dr. David Brenner (Dr. Davie Brenner — Ted Talk) and only a few manufacturers have been able to translate this into safe, working products.

Based on the ground-breaking research of Dr. David Brenner of Columbia University, our products will be effective at destroying pathogens such as viruses, bacteria, mold, and spores in everyday spaces SAFELY while people are present.

We envision a future where – Lumenizer LumenLabs and FAR UVC technology, became a building standard similar to smoke detectors. Private, public and government spaces will proudly display a Lumenizer safety seal similar to food safety seals, giving everyone confidence that where they live, work and play are safe.

The devastating Covid-19 pandemic caused millions of deaths and trillions of dollars in economic losses worldwide creating the urgent demand for safe, proactive disinfection and a growing market for these products. Used for decades, conventional germicidal UV light, emitting around 254nm, revolutionized modern medicine with a highly efficient means to disinfect unoccupied spaces like hospitals and surgical theaters, but is unsafe for human exposure.

Scientists have predicted that future viruses like COVID-19 will become more common, so the vaccine is a temporary and partial solution.

Current solutions of masks, spray and wipe disinfectants, shields and air filtration are partial solutions and can be disruptive and inconsistent.

Current UVC solutions are not safe while people are present, so applications are limited and not without risk.

Now you can. Proprietary Lumenlabs filtered far-UVC technology provides a clinically proven solution to inactivating dangerous airborne bacteria, viruses and fungi without harm to human tissues. You will live, work, study and play with confidence in a safe and continuously disinfected environment.

Lumenlabs principals collaborated with Dr. David J. Brenner, director of the Center for Radiological Research at Columbia University, whose team discovered the groundbreaking safety of far-UVC 222nm applications.

Safe and effective, the revolutionary Lumenlabs excimer lamp
features an exclusive, patent-pending nano-bandpass filter to
block harmful UV wavelengths. Emitting an invisible 222nm filtered far-UVC light, the Lumenizer 300 provides continuous disinfection with a repeated virus inactivation rate of 99.99% achieved within 60 seconds.

The Lumenizer filter is permanently bonded. Based on tests in an internationally accredited lab, the Lumenizer device is classified as “exempt“on its IEC 62471 report. The Lumenlabs filtered far- UVC daily dose is lower than the exposure limit published by the International Commission for Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), American Society of Government Industry Hygienists (ACGIH), European Commission (EC), American National Standards Institute/Illuminating Engineering Society (ANSI/IES) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

Proprietary Lumenlabs far-UVC technology features a bandpass filter that blocks harmful UV wavelengths but allows human-safe 222nm UV wavelengths to pass through. Lumenizer 300 bulbs emit an invisible light that effectively inactivates deadly pathogens such as SARS-CoV-2 viruses, bacteria, mold, and spores in everyday spaces while people are present.

Features and Benefits include: Safe & Efficient, Easy Installation Replaceable Bulb Adjustable Angle Ceiling & Wall Mount, Continuous Disinfection Automated, Ozone Neutral, Mercury Free, Instant Start

Soon after it began making soup, Woodstock Brewery partnered with a long-time and reputable charity, the Great Commission United (GCU) as it was soon very clear that the rising ranks of those in need were increasing by the day.

In the last 18 months, the two have worked together (along with many other generous donors) to increase both the volume and distribution footprint for soup.

Today, the Mother Soup initiative providers on average of 21,000 meals per day to over

Using the Woodstock Brewery’s economies of scale, the Mother Soup initiative provides an average of 7,000 liters of soup per day (the equivalent of 21,000 meals). Given Woodstock’s high volume production facility, along with generous pricing and support from farmers, donations of transport and distribution, and volunteers to help make the soup,

Woodstock can make soup for between R4-R6 per liter or about R2 per meal (about US$ 13 cents per meal).

The soup recipes are designed by certified nutritionists and chefs. Critical nutrition supplements (protein & healthy fats) to ensure that the soup provides the caloric and nutritional equivalent to a healthy balanced meal.

The soup is normally served with bread, donated by Blue Ribbon as well as other food items such as peanut butter when available and depending upon funding and donations.

All activities and costs not directly related to the making and distribution of our soup are covered by donations and volunteers. Unpaid volunteers also supplement the core staff of Woodstock and GCU who make, pack, and distribute the soup. That means every rand donated goes directly into the mouths of those who need it most.

IN THE PRESS

IOL Weekend Argus

Technology helps soup kitchen fight Covid-19 and continue to supply charitable organisations

ETC News

Advanced technology creates Covid ‘safe-zone’ at Cape Town Soup Kitchen

Goodthingsguy

MotherSoup has served over 5 million meals since lockdown started

ETC WATCH

MotherSoup Project feeds communities around Cape Town

News 24

Soup Kitchen a ‘Covid-19 Safe’ Zone

Cape Argus

Mother Soup Features Lumenlabs

The Daily Maverick

DM Lumen and Mother Soup