Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Lunchbox Fund

aka The Lunchbox Fund

New York, NY

Mission

Fostering education via nutrition, The Lunchbox Fund is an NGO dedicated to providing a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable school children in township and rural areas of South Africa, a country where 65% of all children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education. When a child stays in school, his or her risk of HIV infection, abuse and unwanted pregnancies is greatly reduced.

Ruling Year

2005

Principal Officer

Topaz Page-Green

Main Address

P.O. Box 10

New York, NY 10276 USA

Keywords

hunger relief, education, africa, children, school programs, township schools, feeding programs

EIN

20-1232903

 Number

8060462176

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

There are 12 million children in South Africa that live below the poverty line. Of those children, 4 million do not have access to the government's school feeding programs, and often don't know when or where their next meal will be coming from. This means that they are not only threatened by malnutrition, but their education is also threatened as they are often not able to attend school as they have no food to take, or if they do attend cannot concentrate. The Lunchbox Fund's ultimate goal is to fill that gap and feed all the children that the government does not, by instituting school nutrition programs at schools and Early Childhood Development Centers.

Our programs

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Nutrition Program

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of meals served or provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people,

At-risk youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

The total number of meals provided over the course of the year to children in schools

Number of children reached with a meal each school day

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

This is the number of needy children reached each school day in schools across South Africa

Number of children reached per $100

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

At-risk youth,

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Each meal costs 25c. $100 dollars provides 400 children with one hot meal.

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

LBF recognises that children cannot be educated or grow with insufficient nutritional intake. Our Nutrition Programme is arranged around 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. LBF provides a daily hot school meal of nutritionally fortified foods to impoverished and at risk children attending early childhood development centres (ECDCs), Educational Playgroups, primary and secondary schools in South Africa, and after-school homework and skills development programs.

We aim to facilitate children's education through offering a behavioural incentive for children to attend and stay in schools and creches, and through helping them to concentrate and learn while there. These are important steps for children in reaching their full potential as adults and in breaking the intergenerational cycles of poverty and vulnerability.

The Lunchbox Fund provides a monthly rotating menu of nutritionally fortified meals for children in township schools and Early Childhood Development Centers across all 9 provinces of South Africa. It costs 25¢for one meal that includes a full RDA of macro- and micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The school is also required to source locally grown vegetables from within the community. We provide each school with one month's worth of food at a time, and the local women we employ ensure that the food is prepared and served properly.

We currently serve children across all 9 provinces of South Africa. Every school day, we provide 25,000 children with hot meals. Every school has a clean facility for preparing and serving the food. The Lunchbox Fund is a registered Non-Profit Organisation in South Africa and in the United States. A Board of Directors in both countries guides the organisation's mission, purpose and management.

LBF beneficiaries are vulnerable and food insecure children in South Africa. LBF South Africa is staffed by a Managing Director, a Director of Research and Strategy, and a Bookkeeping and Monitoring Manager. Independently contracted Fieldworks and Cooks ('Food Mamas') are essential to our Monitoring and Nutrition Programmes respectively. Fieldworkers are located provincially in all nine provinces of South Africa, and in schools of more than 80 children stipended Food Mamas are drawn from the local community.

Our United States entity is primarily focussed on fundraising, global policy and strategy, and our outward facing communications (such as our website and social media). Our Founding CEO is based in the United States, and a part-time administrator and one volunteer completes in-house capacity.

The Lunchbox Fund's staffing structure allows us to outsource additional capacity on a needs-only and deliverable basis to carefully selected, highly qualified partners - such our food supply and delivery company in South Africa, legal services, and independent auditors. In this way, we ensure we reduce our overhead costs and minimise financial risk.

Our progress is measured by the steady increase in children we have been able to serve since the founding of The Lunchbox Fund in 2005. The Lunchbox Fund (LBF) started simply by feeding 100 children most in need at a high school in Soweto and has since grown to feeding over 30,000 school children each school day (2019), ranging from 2 - 18 years old, nationwide across South Africa. LBF has embarked on a Pilot Impact Evaluation Study among a sample of 15 of its supported ECDCs to assess these indicators. Attendance and enrolment are already assessed through our existing Monitoring Programme. In-depth interviews with teachers will explore the impact of the Programme on children's hunger and ability to concentrate at school. Levels of child stunting and wasting are being measured at quarterly intervals to assess any changes in malnutrition status (where this is evident) over the period of a year. The Pilot will help us gauge our impact and contribute towards our ongoing reflective learning as we continuously work to strengthen our Nutrition Programme and its effect on people's lives. An important foundation for our impact is building our Programme on current global and national evidence-based principles. To this end, we commissioned the Nutrition Information Centre at the University of Stellenbosch (NICUS) to undertake an independent evaluation of our Nutrition Programme. NICUS concluded that LBF's menu makes a significant contribution to the dietary energy, protein and fat needs of its beneficiaries, and is particularly effective in delivering micronutrients.

We are on track with our projections. We became a fully national organisation in 2015, and increased the number of children we serve to 30,000. Our next goal is to serve 35,000 children a hot meal each school day by December 2020.

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