The Lunchbox Fund is a Non-Profit Organization that focuses on fostering education via nutrition by providing a daily meal for orphaned and at-risk school children in township and rural areas of South Africa.
The Lunchbox Fund has pioneered lunch programs in Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDCs), i.e. Play-Schools, Creches, Educare and Day Care Centres, and provides Nutrition Programs to After-School Focused Homework Assistance and Learner Skills Development Programs. We also provide supplemental lunch programs in government schools where the student numbers have outstripped gazetted feeding numbers. We assist with food provision to Quintile 4/5 Schools who do not benefit from the government supplied National School Nutrition Program (NSNP).
In schools with over 80 children, we hire previously unemployed women, preferably mothers or grandmothers from the community to prepare and serve the food. Our fieldworkers are also drawn from the local community. Fieldworkers conduct school evaluations and follow up monitoring visits. We currently employ 27 women across the country. $150 provides a monthly stipend to a previously unemployed woman.