Mission: LBF recognises that children cannot be educated, learn, thrive or grow with insufficient nutritional intake. Our primary goal which is to uphold a child’s right to a basic education. No child should be kept from learning by hunger or household food insecurity. We offer targeted in-school, fortified nutrition support to early childhood development centres (ECDCs) and early learning playgroups, primary and secondary schools, and after school programmes in areas which have been empirically identified as being home to the most vulnerable and food insecure households.
Results: In 2005 the Lunchbox Fund began, serving a daily school meal of a peanut butter sandwich and fruit to 100 children in Soweto.
By 2012 we had fine-tuned our program and registered it as a Non-Profit entity in South Africa, feeding 2000 children with 250000 meals.
During 2014 we premiered lunch programs in Early Childhood Development Centres (ECDCs). We expanded into six provinces and served over 8600 children with 1.75 million meals.
In 2015 the Lunchbox Fund became a national organization, working in all nine provinces, and serving over 12500 children with 2.6 million meals.
In 2016 we commissioned and independent review of the nutritional content of our program, which found it makes a significant contribution to the dietary energy, protein and fat needs of its beneficiaries, and is particularly effective in delivering micronutrients. We also developed a series of heat maps to guide our programming, drawing on multiple data sources to depict the geography of the most food insecure and impoverished across the country.
We now serve over 27 000 children with meals on school days across all nine provinces.
Target demographics: Childrens education and development in South Africa
Direct beneficiaries per year: 27 000 children
Geographic areas served: South Africa
Programs: In-school nutrition programmes to vulnerable, marginalised and at-risk children across South Africa. We support pre-schools, early learning playgroups, primary and secondary schools, and after school programmes.
Over the past 4 years The Lunchbox Fund has helped us feed 480 children with daily meals. Their support has helped many children in our programme to thrive in their studies and to sleep with a full tummy, most of our children come from homes where there is little or no food. We are truly grateful for their ongoing support!