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Lunchbox Fund

Feed a child, nourish a mind.

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

EIN: 20-1232903


Mission

Since 2005, the Lunchbox Fund (LBF) has responded to the education crisis faced by millions of children in South Africa by offering targeted nutrition in school and pre-school settings. Our meals offer a behavioral incentive for children to attend school, and enables them to concentrate and learn while there. We work in township and rural areas across South Africa, helping children get the education they desperately need to build a life free of poverty for themselves and their families.

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

Subject area info

Equal opportunity in education

Elementary education

Middle school education

Child educational development

Early childhood education

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Population served info

Children and youth

Low-income people

Extremely poor people

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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

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

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
Children and youth

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
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth

Related Program

Nutrition Program

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Nutrition Program

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
Population(s) Served

At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average cost of a meal is 27c. $100 dollars provides 370 children with one hot meal.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 nearly 32,000 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 Program Monitoring Manager, and a Director of Programs. 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, as well as our Project Manager.

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. In 2021, the Lunchbox Fund reached 31,033 children with over five million meals. Our Covid Relief program delivered more than 2 million meals to over 70,000 family members throughout South Africa. Our next goal is to serve 35,000 children a hot meal each school day by December 2022.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2154.94

Average of 1407.40 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

18.3

Average of 14.6 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

8%

Average of 8% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $553,935 $4,145 $208,725 $444,411 $150,624
As % of expenses 75.9% 0.5% 18.4% 68.1% 17.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $553,935 $2,930 $206,295 $441,981 $148,194
As % of expenses 75.9% 0.4% 18.1% 67.4% 16.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,283,840 $914,834 $1,253,245 $1,350,504 $835,459
Total revenue, % change over prior year 153.2% -28.7% 37.0% 7.8% -38.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.3% 1.4% 1.7% 0.3%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.7% 98.6% 87.4% 99.7%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 10.9% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $729,905 $829,831 $1,134,874 $653,052 $885,094
Total expenses, % change over prior year -1.4% 13.7% 36.8% -42.5% 35.5%
Personnel 11.8% 11.5% 9.5% 22.4% 9.5%
Professional fees 9.2% 7.8% 5.0% 8.9% 6.8%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 76.5% 79.6% 84.8% 67.1% 82.3%
All other expenses 2.4% 1.0% 0.8% 1.6% 1.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $729,905 $831,046 $1,137,304 $655,482 $887,524
One month of savings $60,825 $69,153 $94,573 $54,421 $73,758
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $12,150 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $790,730 $912,349 $1,231,877 $709,903 $961,282

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 9.3 14.2 5.3 31.4 18.3
Months of cash and investments 9.3 14.2 12.7 31.4 18.3
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 15.2 4.0 5.2 17.1 14.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $566,197 $983,409 $504,197 $1,707,033 $1,353,300
Investments $0 $0 $695,837 $0 $0
Receivables $362,272 $16,999 $7,757 $4,982 $252,583
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $12,150 $12,150 $12,150 $12,150
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 10.0% 30.0% 50.0% 70.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.7% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $0 $290,265 $496,560 $938,541 $1,086,735
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $720,948 $719,736 $768,036 $522,763
Total net assets $927,425 $1,011,213 $1,216,296 $1,706,577 $1,609,498

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Principal Officer

Topaz Page-Green

Topaz Page-Green is the Founder and Executive Director of The Lunchbox Fund. Miss Page-Green, originally from South Africa, envisions an expanded global social consciousness that will enable equal opportunities for all people. A graduate of The Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, she was a recipient of The Founders Day Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. She has also received the Rotary International's Highest Recognition: The Paul Harris Award for Outstanding Humanitarian Work and the WIE Symposium 2011: WIE Generation Award. Her humanitarian work is consistently recognized in publications both in the US and in South Africa.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 01/24/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Emmanuel Roman

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Joaquin Phoenix

Topaz Page-Green

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Rain Phoenix

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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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Race & ethnicity
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Sexual orientation
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Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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Gender identity

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Transgender Identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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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.
There are no contractors recorded for this organization.

Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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