The Full Tummy Fund is a programme of the Spur Foundation and the vehicle used to invest in educational development and nutritional programmes.
Although experts agree that the situation for South African children between the ages of 0 and six has improved since 1994, the early childhood development (ECD) sector still faces significant challenges, including institutional capacity – few well-trained ECD staff and little in the line of effective instruction programmes, infrastructure and facility gaps funding and poor nutrition.
Investing in early childhood development is known to be one of the most effective means of eradicating poverty. It is for this reason our developmental focus remains strongly on the first 2 000 days, with particular emphasis on early childhood development and nutrition for children from disadvantaged communities up to the age of six. We know that you can’t teach a hungry child, and during these first, formative years, the essential building blocks for brain and body development are laid.
We’re taking the long-term view – South Africa can only grow if we are able to address the developmental challenges facing its citizens. By starting with children in the first six years of life, we are laying a stronger educational foundation upon which a healthier, more prosperous and better society may be built.
The Spur Foundation is the entity through which Spur Corporation’s corporate social investment initiatives are carried out. The Foundation was established on International Mandela Day, 18 July 2012, with a donation of R670 000 by the Spur Group, resonating with the ‘67 minutes’ theme of Mandela Day, and the founding of the Spur family in 1967. Since its inception, the Foundation has supported, and continues to support a number of causes and recently launched the Full Tummy Fund to continue investing in our beneficiaries.
The Spur Foundation’s motto ‘Nourish, Nurture, Now!’ is reflected in the socio-economic development initiatives it supports. These initiatives aim to uplift and improve the lives of South African families, especially children, in line with its core value of generosity and Ubuntu.