The Lynedoch Valley Collaborative, a partnership between Spier and the Sustainability Institute (SI), has been providing weekly food, hygiene and education relief packs to almost 400 vulnerable families in the Lynedoch Valley (where both Spier and the SI are located) every week since the start of lockdown.
Each week the boxes, which feed between 1 800 to 2 000 family members, have included fresh vegetables and eggs, soup made by our chefs and staples. They also contain seedlings for families to grow their own greens at home and customised education packs for each child depending on their age and needs.
The extension of the lockdown means that the Lynedoch Valley’s families are facing even greater economic hardship. With your help, though, we can continue to provide this community with the support they need to stay fed, safe and healthy during this tough time. A donation of just R250 will feed a family for a week.
How you can help
Donations of any amount can be made via the Sustainability Institute’s bank account (see details below) or through its GivenGain account. If you are doing an EFT, please use the reference “Relief Support” and send proof of payment to firstname.lastname@example.org. As the SI is a registered non-profit trust with public benefit organisation (PBO) status, it can issue tax certificates for donations received.
SI Bank details:
Name of Account: The Sustainability Institute Trust
Account no: 1071 330 888
Branch / Clearing Code: 107 110
Swift code: NEDSZAJJ
Spier’s efforts to provide hygiene and nourishment to vulnerable members of the surrounding community form part of Growing for Good, a range of initiatives our farm has invested in to empower communities to make positive social and environmental change. One of these (also in partnership with SI) has been to extend our food production and we have employed a team of 13 young people from the local community who are learning to grow their own food both at work and home.
Beyond your contribution supporting the immediate and urgent food relief efforts, as a valley we are committed to improving food security and building the skills and resources together and with our community. Please join us in this collaborative effort.