Feed a child. Nourish a mind.

100% of your donation will provide nutritionally fortified meals to orphaned and at-risk 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]

News: Feedback on Lunchbox Fund Food

During the first school term of 2019 we undertook a survey among partner schools to learn how children, teachers and food preparers felt about our NutrBright range of foods. Rich and positive feedback was received, indicating that overall our menu is enjoyed by children, and our programme affords schools and children a range of benefits. Importantly, our survey questions were open-ended and not categorical or leading; school principals and food preparers were free to share their own observations and experiences.

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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