Investing in communities

A sense of belonging is a human need. To belong is to feel seen and accepted. Nothing facilitates a sense of belonging more than being part of a community that uplifts one another. Albany believes that Together, it’s where we belong.

By partnering with pioneering community organisations, Albany is committed to assisting communities to unlock potential and opportunities through food security and entrepreneurial upliftment. 

Albany has worked alongside The Lunchbox Fund for several years to provide nutritious daily school meals to children who would otherwise go hungry. Not only is nutrition essential in early childhood development, but by providing school meals, children are able to attend and focus at school. By feeding children throughout their school careers, they’re set up for a more fruitful future. A future that will impact the community that came together to raise them. 

Now, with a large footprint in the Western Cape, from Belhar to Samora and communities in between, Albany is providing 610 loaves of bread every week to The Lunchbox Foundation to distribute to a number of areas across the province. Albany lending a hand is not a handout, it’s us coming together with the community. Everyone deserves to belong to a community that is supportive and loving. 

While it’s crucial to see these children through school, it’s just as important to make sure that their futures are sustainable. iKhaya le Langa, founded by Tony Elvin, believes in just that - Sustainable People make Sustainable Communities. Albany is proud to have extended our community table to assist iKhaya le Langa in making sustainability a reality for the ambassadors within the Langa community. 

“Community is a group of people held together by mutual benefit. We have a great footprint of wonderful people doing wonderful things,” - Tony Elvin.

iKhaya le Langa’s Ambassadors Program has been empowering the community through business growth and entrepreneurial opportunities, all of which enable food security. Albany has come on board with iKhaya le Langa to fuel its vision of sustainability by donating bread and investing in the programmes and those at the heart of them. 

The Lockdown Lunch Club and the Sun Diner are the biggest pieces of the sustainability puzzle. The youth from the Ambassadors Program are given the tools they need to take the lead and work together to feed their community and themselves. Albany wants to support these young adults to flourish, so we have committed entrepreneurial support, training programme sponsorship, and 575 loaves of bread a week for a year to ensure that they do. 

Being in a community is more than just a way of life, it’s about belonging and living life together. Albany sees these communities and their ability to come together for the greater good. Albany sees the support they give one another and promises to offer them the same support, and then some. Because, Together, it’s where we belong. 

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