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Community support, selfless volunteering for time and effort, generous donations, simple consideration for the well-being of others and ingenuity. This is the thread that runs through Stanford Village. So that’s what Stanford Village has been doing since the impact of COVID-19.

Stanford Village Foundation, Stanford Rotary and Food4Thought Food Relief Program

These three foundations have worked together since the blockade began on March 27, 2020 to address the reality of food shortages in the Stanford South community. Grocery packages were originally compiled from staple foods from funds that were generously donated by individuals and businesses. These food parcels (which are designed to feed a small family for a week) were distributed within the poorer community in collaboration with community leaders to ensure fairness. On April 30, 390 food parcels were distributed, the last day of the severe blockade to alleviate the hunger of more than 1,500 people.

Since the beginning of the fourth phase, the focus has shifted and focused on a “food bank” that complements the urban food kitchens, which are operated by both the Universals Rugby Club and the Stanford taxi rank. The funds donated were also used to set up additional daily (7 days / week) food kitchens in the streets Die Kop and Thembelishle (streets Blombos, Compacta and Melkhout).

The Food Bank is an extension of the food procurement and storage system that was established during the first 21-day lock-up period and continues to be coordinated by the Stanford Village Foundation. The Food Bank provides support for food kitchens managed through Food4Thought and Stanford Rotary and complements the efforts of the Overstrand Municipality in Stanford. The Stanford Village Foundation supports Food4Thought with inventory control, negotiating food prices and timely ordering of stocks. This helps make this complex process go as smoothly as possible.

Donations have made this possible, and every single person and every organization that has endeavored to thank them from the bottom of their hearts. Without this generosity, a far-reaching response to the flattening of the hunger curve would not be possible. The joint efforts of the Rotary community and Food4Thought feed at least 1,500 people a day. The vegetable garden in Die Kop provides the kitchens with organic vegetables that go beyond those bought with donations. These kitchens, supported by Springfontein Eats chefs, are open to EVERYONE in the community, including those living in Stanford.

“The support of the entire village since the closure was incredible. We cannot thank you enough. “- The Stanford Village Foundation.

Feeding station

Antjies Handmade Naturals – Public hand washing station

Antjies Handmade Naturals on Queen Victoria Street, Stanford, installed a vintage porcelain public hand basin along with a supply of hand soap for all passers-by who feel they need a hand wash on the go. To complement the pool, Plumbtec installed and sponsored a special tap. Aside from all the beautiful smelly soaps and luxurious bath accessories, since the advent of COVID-19, Antjies has focused on the manufacture and supply of household cleaning products, face masks and disinfectants (both liquid and gel formats).

Antjies and wash station on Queen Victoria Street, Stanford


In these uncertain times, Kiwinet worked with talented artists Liezl Franken, Manufacturing and distribution of masks to slow the spread of COVID 19 under the banner Do good wellbeing.

The masks consist of 3 layers of fabric, a soft inner layer of cotton and an identifiable outer layer to make sure you wear them the right way around! They are made by local seamstresses either at Kiwinet or at home and thus offer employees and the community a continuous income through expansion. To date, Kiwinet has donated hundreds of masks to the community and will continue to do so at both Stanford and Gansbaai clinics and the many soup kitchens.

Donations are welcomed by Kiwinet as there are still many less fortunate people in the local community who need masks but cannot afford them. Please contact Kiwinet – [email protected] or Liezl – [email protected] directly to order your mask or to help with donations.

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Kiwinet has also expanded its production line to the public and is selling its masks plain masks (retail at R25.00) and Shweshwe masks (retail at R50.00). They are available in the Kiwinet shop on Daneel Street in Stanford.

Fynbos distillery

Shortly before the ban, Stanford’s local distillery, The Jolly Rooster, switched its production line from white spirit distillation to hand sanitizer. Bottled hand sanitizers are available at OK Minimark, Daneel Street, Stanford. Refills are available from Martin’s Deli on the R43, Stanford. Good news for all locals and passers-by.

Hand disinfectant

Some worthwhile local reasons to volunteer or support donations during this difficult time:

Grocery packages in Stanford::

The foundation is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and coordinate projects and programs that benefit the entire Stanford community and ensure overall sustainability

Contact: 028 341 0430

Stanford Rotary::

Our small club is located in the Overstrand area of ​​the Western Cape and consists of 10 members. He is active in soup kitchens, barter shops, winter warmth and youth / early childhood development projects.

Contact: [email protected]


Food 4 Thought Community Projects NPC, leads a successful one
and popular Xhosa preschool in Stanford, Western Cape, South Africa.

We are an ECD (Early Child Development) school for children aged 3 to 6 years.
Our language of instruction is IsiXhosa. We also recommend using English as a second language.
Our day begins at 7:00 a.m. and the children go home at 4:00 p.m.
We feed breakfast, lunch and snacks.
We offer safe transportation to and from school.
We teach according to a curriculum accredited by the South African government.

Contact: [email protected]

Creative works::

Creative Works aims to create a nurturing, safe and stimulating environment for children and young adults in which they can exploit their creative potential

Contact: [email protected]

Children’s book network::

The Children’s Book Network (CBN) was founded by Gçina Mhlophe, Lesley Beake and Sindiwe Magona. Our goal is to bring books for children and children for books.

Contact: [email protected]

Animal welfare::

SAWS aka Stanford Animal Welfare Society is a group of Stanford volunteers who use our time to save and help our disadvantaged Stanford animals.

Contact: mailto: [email protected]

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