This year on World Hunger Day on 28 May, Spier in association with Stop Hunger Now – an international organisation with South African branches in both Johannesburg and Cape Town – packed and distributed food for those in need.
While Spier as a business is focused on social justice, we offer our staff an opportunity to experience community contribution in a more tangible way. The Spier Volunteers (also known as the Social Investment Committee) was formed by a group of Spier employees with the following objectives:
- Create and nurture a sense of giving within the Spier community of employees
- Harvest and transfer the skills and talents of our staff in order to improve the living conditions of the underprivileged
- Enthuse and enable staff to volunteer their resources
We promote community engagement projects focusing on the disabled, the elderly and children (child-headed households, primary school, high school & tertiary institutions). Our employees are therefore given the opportunity to express their compassion for others, offering a sense of self-worth, an opportunity to work as a Spier team with members from other departments and a more holistic work experience.
As part of World Hunger Day and with the help of Stop Hunger Now, the Spier Volunteers contributed to the day by packing and distributing 10 000 food parcels. We want to raise awareness as well as provide food parcels to the community projects we are already supporting.
Our team receives the instructions on how to measure out the rice, soja and lentils.
One cup soja, two spoons lentils and one cup rice makes up the food bag.
Each bag is weighed to make make sure it conforms.
The food bags are counted, and packaged in boxes before distribution.