Giving back to communities

We’re lucky enough to work with products that don’t only taste great – they can also do great things for the communities where they grow.

The Waitrose Foundation is a partnership with growers that sees money from each case of produce they sell being returned to invest in development projects for local people and communities. One such grower is Mouton Citrus. Primafruit supplies Waitrose with easy peelers, lemons and oranges grown by Mouton in Citrusdal, South Africa.

May 2017 saw the grand opening of their superb new De Meul Community Centre.

The centre is multi-purpose, with space available for creches, after-school care, training sessions and health programmes. It’s a social space for community gatherings with sports facilities too. The long term well-being of the community is at the heart of the project, with a full-time nurse working from the centre.

The new De Meul Community Centre building

Funding to make this fantastic new facility possible came as a joint project between the Waitrose Foundation along with the Albert Heijn Foundation and the Mouton Foundation.

The new De Meul Community Centre buildingThe new De Meul Community Centre building