KAMPALA – The Culinary Association of Uganda has asked the government and well-wishers to intervene and serve their members with food.
In a letter dated Saturday, April 25, 2020, the association President Reagan Kawuki noted that chefs and cooks are some of the vulnerable groups in Uganda.
“Many have already lost their jobs after their employers laid off staff following the lockdown of the country and shut down for their places of work,” he revealed.
Mr Kawuki said the association is concerned that the majority of their members are reporting starvation in their homes with nobody to run to.
He added that chefs and cooks work behind the curtains in the hotel and restaurant sector and skills give the image to the hospitality sector.
“Now chefs are asking the Ministry of Tourism and Uganda Hotels Owners Association to come to their help with food hampers to the most-needy members who cannot feed their households,” reads an excerpt.
According to Mr Kawuki, they put smiles on the faces of clients who visit their places of work, but now they need someone to put a smile on theirs too.
“Our sincere appeal goes to whoever is concerned in helping us during this global lockdown where most of our colleagues have lost their jobs, have not been paid for the last three months and 90% of this people are parents and guardians,” reads the letter in part.
“We call upon your great assistance and contribution to help us go through this tragedy that we also make our families smile once again with any help you will provide to us since we also play a very big part in the Uganda tourism sector through our culinary experience, ” said Kawuki.