Waitrose SA Farm Partners Step Up Caring For Workers During COVID-19

Waitrose SA works hand in glove their with farming partners as they help in providing “sustainable livelihoods for workers.” During the coronavirus, many farmers and their workers struggle, especially in the wine industry. But, the partnership initiative started between the UK-based Waitrose and suppliers always cared about improving the lives of employees. And, it certainly looks like they stepped up with even more caring during the devastation of the epidemic.

Waitrose SA and Farm Partners help as much as they can during the coronavirus

We reported that many people fear for their jobs. Various industries, including sectors of agriculture, battle during the coronavirus. Many of their partners like Auldearn farm in Grabouw continue supporting people. The focus aims at sustainable agriculture during these trying times. A series of Instagram posts shows that many farmworkers benefit through the caring policies of Waitrose SA.

On July 17, they shared on Instagram about how their “grower partners” use the “Waitrose relief fund allocations.” They “help farmworkers during [the] lockdown.” A series of photos and videos from “Die Vlei farm in De Doorns” revealed some heartwarming scenes. They noted that “funds were used to purchase items for food parcels.” Actually, many more “ongoing initiatives for food distribution” take place.

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COVID-19 Relief to farms: We've received more reports from our grower partners on how they've been utilising their Waitrose relief fund allocations to help farm workers during lockdown time. We just received these lovely photos and thank you videos from Die Vlei farm in De Doorns. Funds were used to purchase items for food parcels. All across South Africa there are many ongoing initiatives for food distribution during lockdown and we're grateful that the Waitrose relief fund could be applied where there are people in need of assistance on farms. #WaitroseAndPartners #Waitrose #partnership #agriculture #farm #farmlife #farmworkers #farms #thankyou #relieffund #COVID19 #CoronaVirusSA #LockdownSA #StayHome #StaySafe #safetyfirst #DieVlei #DeDoorns #SouthAfrica

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Celebrating Mandela day with special care packs

People might think that Mandela Day brought little to celebrate in SA. After all, news came shortly before the day that Zindzie Mandela passed away, possibly from the virus. The sudden re-banning of alcohol also brings hardship. A lot of people in the wine and other alcohol-related industries face job losses. So, it seems nice that grower partners thought about workers on that day this year. But hardships come for other workers in the farming industry right now.

Waitrose SA shared a photo of some people with their care packs. In their caption, they noted that Mouton Citrus in the Citrusdal district of the Western Cape arranged something. Office staff “raised funds.” Plus, along with “a couple of local sponsors,” they “blessed their elderly members of their community with special care packs.”

More than just food distribution by Waitrose SA and partners

As they said in the caption, “A little kindness can go a long way!” Waitrose also commended the Komati Fruit Group for “fresh fruit donations made throughout the current lockdown period.” However, Waitrose doesn’t just get their farming partners handing out food and care packages. They really drive the positive idea of helping in other areas. On Tuesday, July 28th, they recalled this time last year.

Back then, they “hosted a delegation from the Waitrose UK.” The guests went to “Dennegeur in Grabouw.” The post caption explained that “The Needlework Project (the Granny Smiths),” represents something special. It’s just “one of a number of inspiring and sustainable projects [that grew] tremendously over the years.” Additionally, they checked out the youth centre, creche, and training kitchen on the farm.”

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This week is exactly a year ago since we hosted a delegation from the Waitrose UK office in South Africa for meetings and visits to some of our partner farms in the Western Cape. One of the stops we made was at Dennegeur in Grabouw. The Needlework Project (the Granny Smiths) is one of a number of inspiring and sustainable projects which has grown tremendously over the years and still going very strong today. We also visited the youth centre, creche and training kitchen on the farm. Our UK delegation included Rupert Thomas, Commercial Director, Andrew Allchurch, Head of Fresh Produce Buying, and Nyika Brain, Manager of Waitrose Foundation (Global) who were joined by our SA team for the week's visits. Great memories! Unfortunately the current travel bans due to Covid-19 have prevented us from arranging follow up visits in 2020. www.waitrosefoundation.org.za 🇿🇦 #WaitroseAndPartners #hope #partnership #growth #Waitrose #motivation #inspiration #community #wellness #entrepreneur #economicempowerment #education #sustainability #healthcare #agriculture #farming #Dennegeur #Grabouw #SouthAfrica

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Despite the economically hard times and the despair that the virus brings, Waitrose SA and their grower partners still focus on improving the lives of others as they hope for better days to come.

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