How It Works

Meal Plan Options

It is possible to sign up for the full plan (lunches and dinners),  dinners only or lunches only.

Further to the above options, it is possible to sign up for meals three days per week (Monday to Wednesday), four days per week (Monday to Thursday) or five days per week (Monday to Friday).

We advise any interns who are working in the townships and commute to work on programme private transport to sign up for a plan that includes lunches 5 days per week.  The township areas of Cape Town lack convenient and healthy meal options, and it is often not safe to leave the internship sites alone in order to go in search of food.

Most Meal Plan participants sign up for the the length of their stay in Cape Town, however if you would prefer to sign up for a two week trial period, with the option to extend, that is also possible.


Dinners: $10.00 per meal

Lunches: $7.00 per meal

Signing Up

Please contact us in order to sign up for Mama’s Kitchen Meal Plan.

Receiving Your Meals

All our meals are prepared and served at FOREX, in Observatory, which is within walking distance of most housing.   Dinner is served buffet style at 6:00 pm.  If you prefer to take your food away with you, good quality microwaveable containers are available.   Packed lunches are prepared the night before, and are ready for collection at 6:00 every evening.  If you are unable to make dinner on time, or run late on a specific day, you will just need to let us know so we can pack food away for you.

Cancelling a Specific Meal

In order to cancel a meal the meal cancellation form must be filled out at least 24 hours in advance.  A refund for the value of the meal will be given less a 20% cancellation fee which covers international money transfer and transaction fees as well as administration charges.

Cancelling or Changing Your Meal Plan

If you would like to change or cancel your meal plan, please send and email to  Please note we require a full week’s notice for Meal Plan cancellations.   Refunds to the value of the meals canceled less a 20% cancellation fee will be given.