Seriti Institute is constantly working in communities to help bring development where it is needed the most. We pride ourselves on being an organisation that responds to the needs of our country’s under-served communities. After COVID-19 struck in South Africa, we saw clearly that the most pressing need was for food and the need for alternative food provisioning systems.

People are hungry and no development can take place when the minimum basics of staying alive have not been met. This is how Seriti’s C19 Community Response was born. This programme aims to provide immediate food relief for the most vulnerable households. Since the start of lockdown, C19 Community Response has delivered over 1 060 food parcels to households in North West and Mpumalanga, and through our affiliation with the C19 People’s Coalition delivered over 12 000 parcels in Gauteng.  The contents of our food packs are chosen carefully to ensure that they are nutritious and fresh produce is sourced from small scale farmers for delivery to those in need.

Sustainability is a big part of every project we implement, C19 Community Response is no exception. While we are providing immediate food relief, we want to ensure that communities can produce their food. We provide vegetable seeds and starter packs for homestead food gardens to community members and groups who have land and space available to grow and produce. We have partnered with the  Green Business College to train and mentor small-scale producer networks and community groups in developing their gardens. Green Business College is “dedicated to building ‘green’ entrepreneurs by uniting green skills with business know-how.”  We also partner with local community-based organisations to allow the community to lead and take ownership in finding and driving solutions.

Thank you to the sponsors who made it possible for us to launch this programme and through your support,  we feed thousands of hungry South Africans. If you would like to sponsor or partner with us on this programme please email us on info@seriti.org.za or call 011 262 7700. You can also visit this page for more information.