The Lunchbox Fund is a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on fostering education via nutrition by providing a daily meal at school for orphaned and at-risk school children in township and rural areas of South Africa.
Our goal 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 are South Africa’s only non-government national school nutrition provider. We have pioneered lunch programs in Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDCs) that offer pre-school care and education and in After-School homework assistance projects and learner skills development programs. Lunchbox Fund also provide breakfast to Educational Playgroups and offer supplemental breakfast and lunch programs in Government Primary and Secondary schools where the National School Nutrition Program is not provided.
We strive to incorporate current knowledge, wisdom and best practice principals to safeguard nutrition quality and quantity: targeting for maximum impact at minimum sustainable cost. We are proud to have achieved Guidestar’s Platinum Status! Click Here to Learn More
We have a rigorous and sustained national monitoring programme. Our monitoring includes quarterly unannounced monitoring visits to all participating schools to ensure our partners and schools adhere to our standards. All food delivery is direct to schools nationally, and employs an interactive vehicle tracking system and on the ground signing protocols.
The organisation’s core operational and staffing costs are covered by donations designated by funders specifically for those purposes, ensuring that 100% of all other funds raised through all private donors, grants and benefits is channeled to providing children with daily meals at school.
We partner with local organisations to ensure that child care, stimulation and education is provided alongside our nutrition. This ‘resource stacking’ has powerful community impact. In schools with over 80 children, we provide stipends which enable the school to hire previously unemployed women from within the local community to prepare and serve meals. Stipends are paid directly to our Food Mamas each month.