Feed a child. Nourish a mind.

100% of your donation will provide nutritionally fortified meals to vulnerable and food-insecure school children.


Why Nutrition?

School nutrition programs offer the assurance of a daily, nourishing meal to needy school and pre-school children in vulnerable communities in South Africa. We are uncompromising in adhering to best practice to ensure the delivery of nutritionally high-value, delicious meals.

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Meet Desmond Tutu

We’re honoured to have Nobel Laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu as the official Patron of The Lunchbox Fund.

Feeding Kids

Poor nutrition is a significant barrier to education in under resourced communities world-wide. School nutrition programs increase school enrollment as well as school attendance and retention. They are proven to enhance the development, health and learning of the children they support. [See references]

A Letter of Thanks from Tinkerland Early Childhood Development Centre, Knysna

“With the money we saved on meals every month we managed to do more than we would’ve without the feeding scheme. We made 14 brand new cots for the baby room, opened a second door as an emergency exit, with stairs, in the 5-6 year old class, replaced the uneven floor with shutterply board, bought a gas stove and cylinder, two hand basins, two toilet sets, and we are currently busy with the construction of the two toilets and storage room.Little of this would have been possible without your assistance.”
Elmarie Maxim, Principal

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We have been feeding vulnerable and food-insecure school children since 2005.

The Lunchbox Fund was founded in 2005, by Topaz Page-Green, in response to the education crisis faced by millions of hungry children throughout South Africa. Our simple intervention nourishes a child’s body for growth and health, a child’s mind with the ability to concentrate and learn, and a child’s outlook with hope to rise above the cycle of poverty and hunger.  It provides an incentive for a child to attend school and an incentive for their families to keep them there.

We began by feeding 100 children most in need at a high school in Soweto. Today the Lunchbox Fund feeds 27,000 children nationally across South Africa each school day.

School feeding programmes increase levels of school enrolment, daily attendance and retention. They alleviate hunger and improve concentration – even among children who are not malnourished.

For children under 6 years, school nutrition support offers the possibility of reversed stunting as well as improved learning outcomes for the rest of their school lives. [See references]

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Fortified meals in 2018


South African Provinces


Children served each school day


Meals provided since inception

The Lunchbox Fund has achieved Guidestar’s Platinum Status. Guidestar is a public charity that collects, organizes, and presents information about non-profits.

We subscribe to the Independent Code of Governance for Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa