Lunchbox Fund

aka The Lunchbox Fund   |   New York, NY   |  www.thelunchboxfund.org

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 info

2005

Principal Officer

Topaz Page-Green

Main address

P.O. Box 10

New York, NY 10276 USA

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EIN

20-1232903

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Nutrition Program

We provide in-school daily meals to food insecure and at risk children throughout South Africa to put them in a position to receive an education

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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

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Totals By Year
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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
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.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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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.

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.

Financials

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Lunchbox Fund

Board of directors
as of 10/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Topaz Page-Green

No Affiliation

Joaquin Phoenix

Mario Batali

Topaz Page-Green

No Affiliation

Rain Phoenix

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/23/2020,

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Leadership

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Disability status
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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2020

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.