Lynedoch Valley Collaborative feeds 400 families weekly

In partnership with Spier, the Sustainability Institute supported over 400 families in the Lynedoch and Vlottenburg Valley communities with community food deliveries for a period of 11 weeks as part of the Lynedoch Valley Collaborative COVID-19 relief effort. Since the beginning of June 2020, we continue to support the most vulnerable families in these communities with weekly food parcels and health workshops.

Ashleigh Seals, Youth Programme Coordinator share more about this initiative: “We started out on 26 March 2020, 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.”



  1. Anonymous donation

    27 July 2020

  2. Camryn Van Den Bergh

    15 June 2020

  3. Anonymous donation

    6 June 2020

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