The weekly Lunchbox Fund Menu can be found displayed on the kitchen wall in this rural early childhood development center in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Guidelines at the bottom of the page remind schools that the Lunchbox Fund requires them to serve fresh local vegetables with meals at least 3 times per week, and offers suggestions of good vegetables to use.
Thanks to the consistent support of our generous donors, we are so proud that the Lunchbox Fund is currently able to provide a nutritious meal to 30,000 food-insecure children each day. Nonetheless, we still have 18,000 children on our waiting list in need of our help. For only $55, you can feed one child for an entire school year. Please consider donating to the Lunchbox Fund this holiday season!
These are the women of the Idutywa ECDC Forum in the Eastern Cape. The Lunchbox Fund partners with them to reach 738 children in 30 rural schools. These women have a passion to change children’ lives through education and they travel long distances to get to the forum and receive their supplies. Lunchbox Fund fieldworker, Pienaar Motabene, was invited to this year-end forum meeting, in which the Lunchbox Fund was thanked for it’s support.
A valuable part of our monitoring program is the feedback we receive from the schools we serve. This helps us understand what we are doing well and how we can improve. We were touched by the feedback we recently received from the principal at an afterschool program in Orange Farm in Gauteng: I felt that it's my responsibility to make sure children in my community never go to school or to bed hungry, so I'm really happy and blessed that I am able to make a difference in the community. I am exposed to homes that are drowning in poverty, and it saddens me to see especially children experiencing it, knowing and accepting that there is no food at home. Thank you so much Lunchbox Fund.”
Although the Lunchbox Fund’s program includes children of all ages, we are increasingly focused on the early childhood education sector. More than 40% of the children we currently support are preschoolers (ages 0-5 years), and this percentage is growing each year.