Supporting our communities has always been a strong part of what we do at Delhaize Group and, the Delhaize Group Fund created in 2008, is one of the multiple ways our company supports local communities.
On November 14, the Delhaize Group Fund announced the results of its 2012 call for projects. A total of 33 projects, across Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, will be supported financially with a total of EUR 150 000. These initiatives bring together residents from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds. They strive for a common goal of neighbors getting to know each other better and feeling good in their community.
Our associates based in Belgium and Luxembourg were also involved in the selection process. They had the opportunity to vote for the project of their choice (amongst the 5 projects highlighted by the Jury) and select the winner of the special “Delhaize Associates’ Prize”.
“Equigaart, a collective garden in Junglinster” of the association Equigaart Lënster in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, was the project honored with this award and will get double the amount of the financial support provided by the Delhaize Group Fund.
This year we have seen a trend where “the winning projects“ reflect a link between ecological or environmental aspects and social cohesion.”, commented the jury. “We have seen initiatives such as vegetable gardens, ‘green in the city’ combined with healthy eating initiatives among the projects selected.”
If you are curious about what happened with the projects awarded last year, here is a selection of some of the 34 projects the DG Fund supported in 2011 . Some great examples of how we can all make the difference in our communities.
The “Corsaires TV: Local Life” project proposes a monthly online video program to learn about the various citizen initiatives in working-class neighborhoods in the Anderlecht area of Brussels.
In “Getting to know each other over dinner”, residents from the Red Cross Refugee Center of Natoye participate in cooking workshops where they share their culinary traditions with their neighbors. The aim is twofold: promote integration for the Center’s residents and make locals aware of the difficult reality of being a refugee.
“Coming together for a nicer neighborhood” organizes various activities in the Wittebrood neighborhood of Mechelen with a focus on friendliness, cleanliness and security in the area. The activities came to a close with a barbecue to bring everybody together.
“Once upon a time: Multilingual reading workshops for children” is the only intercultural library for children in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg. These reading workshops for children aged 4-9 take place every Saturday and are followed by an activity related to the story the children have been told that day.
(All picture credits: pressroom.voice.be/fondsdelhaize/en)
Do you have any similar local initiatives going on in your neighborhood? We’d love to learn about them!