In partnership with Spier, the Sustainability Institute has been supporting over 400 families in the Lynedoch and Vlottenburg Valley communities with community food deliveries for the past six weeks as part of the Lynedoch Valley Collaborative.
Ashleigh Seals, Youth Programme Coordinatorshare more about this initiative: “We started out on 26 March, with the help of amazing staff and community volunteers who continue to get together every Thursday, to help pack and deliver these boxes to the community. We hope to positively influence the eating habits of these families, as well as the children and youth that are part of our programs.
The Living Soils Team have been working very hard in making sure that fresh vegetables are harvested and distributed to the different households. Spier is donating dry goods, eggs, soup and seedlings, for inclusion in the weekly deliveries. We have additionally included educational materials and school resources, and run an ongoing awareness campaign around health, hygiene and immune-boosting. The families are from the Lynedoch Valley and have children and youth that are part of our educational programs at the Sustainability Institute, as well as from the Vlottenburg Primary School community.
This initiative is extremely important as many of the families we have reached in providing these donations are struggling with access to transport to get to purchase food, and some have lost jobs because of the national lockdown. We have been humbled by the response of the community members, and delighted for the opportunity to (safely) connect with our children and youth in this time.”
Should you want to support this initiative, donations can be made via GivenGain.