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Lunches for Learning, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Programs

Mission: Lunches for Learning, Inc. exists to help break the cycle of poverty by providing nutritious lunches to the children in public elementary schools in the Valle Province, Honduras.

Results: In 2015 - served 84 students in 1 school. As of 2021 - serving over 2,000 students in 46 schools.

Target demographics: Children ... poverty ... hunger ... education ... Honduras

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 2,000 elementary students in 2021

Geographic areas served: Valle Province, Honduras

Programs: Lunches for learning provides nutrition and nutritional supplements and other assistance to poverty-level children in rural schools in central America.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a member of the Rotary Club of St. Charles Parish Louisiana. Our club has sponsored a school served by Lunches for Learning for over ten years. There is no safety net in Honduras and the children who are the beneficiaries of the meals the program provides are victims of stunning poverty. The strategy is simple. Feed them at school and they will go to school. I have always been impressed by the tight ship the directors of the program run.

My wife and I have visited the school which our club sponsors on six different occasions. Our streak was only interrupted by the pandemic.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

After going on my first mission trip to a school supported by our church and Lunches for Learning, I was asked to join the L4L board where I served from 2016-2018. I have subsequently gone on mission trips to that school for the 4 following years. In 2019, my wife, 15 year step son and I joined about 20 other volunteers for a week at the school. It has been an awesome and blessed experience to see the children and parents thrive in an environment where the children are fed a nutritious meal everyday. L4L truly lives out its mission to break the cycle of poverty through their program to feed children healthy meals. My wife and I along with 3 other couples also support a kindergarten school where L4L also provides meals for those children.

3 Ann B.8

Donor

Rating: 5

I volunteer and support this excellent organization whole heartedly! They are in it for the long haul. Helping children in one of the poorest Honduran communities stay in school, year after year. Being able to remain in school is the only chance these precious children have of leaving systemic poverty. Lunches for Learning is single minded in its focus, financially thrifty, provides opportunities for folks to see first hand the impact their work has, and is diligent about communicating their awesome work! Hats off to Lunches for Learning!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

We support L4L because it enables Honduran children to attend school by providing nutritious lunches, without which these children would spend their day searching for food instead of learning. The program’s success is due in part to the involvement of parents, educators and staff in Honduras, along with the continuous support of L4L staff, volunteers and donors in the U.S. Over time, feeding and educating these children will provide for a better future for them and their families. We are gratified to have the opportunity to be involved in such an impactful endeavor.

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

If food is at school, then students are in school. This alone is an excellent reason to support Lunches for Learning. But, this non-profit also values relationship building between its givers and its receivers. Photos, letters, and messages are shared both ways. It's a special bonus that student artwork is shared too. Over the years through visits, correspondence, and prayer, we've come to know each other by name and establish caring and trusting relationships with our brothers and sisters in Honduras.
C Strand, Mission and Outreach, Messiah Lutheran Church, Madison, AL

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a frequent visitor to Central American countries, I have seen first hand the impact of an organization like Lunches for Learning. The opportunity of having a healthy lunch prepared for you by the members of your own community is priceless on many levels. The healthy lunch allows these students to learn so that they can, in turn, give back to their community.
A very worthwhile effort making a difference! Way to go Lunches for learning!!!

3 Graham G.

Donor

Rating: 5

I had heard about Lunches for Learning for at least ten years through my Rotary Club. The concept was intriguing but I was hesitant about sending money. My wife and I decided to go see what this program was really like so we went to Honduras. We came back completely committed. We verified that the need was real. The organization staff was organized and effective and the money was well accounted for and well spent. We saw local involvement and positive results. This is an outstanding nonprofit program.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of volunteering with Lunches for Learning for 6 years through our church. I’ve gone to graduation ceremonies at “our” school and at other sponsored schools and am amazed at the commitment of the principals, teachers, parents and students. Some of these kids walk great distances in order to attend school and they genuinely appreciate the lunch and the opportunity to continue their education. Without the consistent lunch that is served, many of these kids would have to quit school. For many, lunch is the only meal that they will get that day. This is life-changing for these families. L4L is a great organization that has figured out how to maximize the benefit while working within the community.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have come to love being a donor to L4L as it is a spiritual blessing for me in so many ways. The mission of L4L reminds me of the biblical mandates to feed the hungry and to love one another as Jesus loved us.

I have had the pleasure of visiting several of the schools in the L4L program and to see these children and visit with the families is such a gift. This is a non profit that is truly making a difference and I am honored to be a donor and supporter of its mission. Our congregation is thrilled to sponsor a school and feed the children of Honduras.

Rev. Ken Gibson Sr. Pastor St. Johns Lutheran Church
Mendota, Il.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lunches for Learning is a cause very near and dear to my heart. They fulfill the mission of supporting families by ensuring that school aged children receive substantial, nutritious meals while receiving an education. Without the services they provide, hundreds of children would not only starve, but perhaps never have the opportunity to improve their stations in life. L4L provides more than meals. They provide HOPE!

4 Michael Dean S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Lunches For Learning is an exceptional charity. Thank you L4L for providing quality meals for children in Honduras.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Such a worthwhile cause, providing lunches for the children of Honduras so they can continue to learn. I have purchased some beautiful jewelry from them, as well.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

L4L does wonderful in support the education for children in areas where they are in need. I have been to some of their fundraisers and bought some of the items that are made in the areas they serve. What a great job they do to make the world a better place

4 Ellen M.5

Donor

Rating: 5

Love L4L! Over the years I have attended some of the great fundraisers they have held to help out the children in Honduras get an education. Without the lunch provided by L4L they are unable to attend school. What a great cause.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic effort to provide a daily lunch so that young children can attend school. We have sponsored a school for almost 20 years.

3

Donor

Rating: 5

Members of our church in Arizona support L4L. We have been involved for nearly 10 years and find this organization is making a difference in permitting children to receive a wonderful basic education and reverse the cycle of poverty in this area. The dedication and commitment to these children and their families is resulting in incredible results with nearly all funds going very directly to the children in our schools in rural Honduras.

1 Laura90

Donor

Rating: 5

My church began supporting a school through this program several years ago. The money we send buys local food, which is prepared for the students by mothers in the community. For some children, the meal we provide is the only meal they get all day. By feeding the children at school, we help them to complete a 6th grade education. In this part of the world, that much education will qualify them for apprenticeship programs and a route out of poverty. Without that education, they are only qualified for manual labor in the fields. Lunches for Learning is not only feeding children, but it is helping to break the cycle of poverty.

Board Member

Rating: 5

In my travels to 50 different countries, I have never seen any program as efficient, effective, and impactful as Lunches for Learning on the lives of young children living in poverty. Lunches for Learning not only enables young children to complete their education, but encourages them to do so. Completing their education will positively affect them and future generations to come.

Ronald6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The mission of L4L is to provide a nutritious lunch to elementary studenta at their school; thereby, giving the child an opportynity is stay in school. If the child stays in school, he/she will enter the work force as a literate individual.The L4L Program works. In 2005, there were 16 students in first grade and 4 students in 6th grade. Six years later we graduated 15 of the original 16 1st graders.

Kristi3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a founding member of Lunches for Learning, I have been blessed many times over since I began working with the organization. We started several years ago with our first lunches at the Andrea Gonzalez Elementary School feeding just over 80 kids and today, we feed in excess of 1,400 kids. Support for L4L comes from individual donors and school sponsors to companies and corporations in addition to community and faith-based organizations. After we fed our first lunches, I never really imagined or expected to expand beyond our first school, but with faithful financial supporters combined with the disciplined, committed leadership and oversight by the L4L Board and (and let's not forget some faith) L4L is prepared to feed many more hungry children in rural Honduras to help break the cycle of poverty. After looking into the eyes of child after child during my travels in Honduras, I am forever changed. Simply put, this is my opportunity to give back a portion of which I have been so wonderfully blessed. I know this organization from the inside out and I can think of no better place to lend my time, talents and financial resources.

1 Randy J.

Board Member

Rating: 5

You won't find a more efficient organization that feeds children. 96% of all donations go directly toward feeding the children of Valle Province in Honduras. This program is transforming communities and will in the end transform the Valle Province. I have been to see the program and the parents and children are so thankful for L4L's support. L4L is making a huge difference in one of the poorest places in the world.

Donor

Rating: 5

Started in my church, and serving only 82 studens in one Honduran village, Lunches for Learning (L4L) has grown to a regionally-supported charity that serves over a thousand students in a dozen villages. This organization maximizes the return on our investment in several ways: (1) administrative/overhead expenses below 10% of income insure that our donations work at the heart of the need, not subsidizing an advertising budget, (2) requiring village families to participate in daily meal preparation for the students helps to develop that community's involvement and internal solidarity, (3) keeping Honduran children in school through the sixth grade is proven to significantly increase their lifelong employability and personal success.

I have seen regular updates of the progress and impact that this program has, and it is powerful. Villages throughout the Valle District are pleading for the opportunity to be served by it. The only current limitaton is L4L's ability to assure sustainable funding levels (they don't want to get a village started, then drop them due to inadequate funds).

Review from Guidestar