A simple idea can make a big difference. This became evident on March 21st, 2012 at the Lunchbox Fund’s most recent fundraiser – an auction of one-of-kind books at New York City’s Del Posto that raised over $200,000 for the cause. Albeit a magical evening, the best part of is the funds from this event are already being put to work.
I’ve just returned from a recent trip to South Africa to visit schools within the program and am happy to report our new feeding program at a school in Manenberg, a town in the Western Cape, is up and running. Manenberg is a poverty and crime-stricken area with approximately 66% unemployment, well above the national average. Parents actively encourage their children to drop out of school to look for jobs and girls as young as 12 are pregnant and at risk for contraction of HIV and AIDS. The teachers are extremely dedicated, often facing crowded classrooms of 40 or more students. The Lunchbox Fund’s assistance will be instrumental in continuing the schools efforts to convince these children that they do have the ability to influence their futures by staying in school. We want to let the students know that they are important and deserve to have a safe, clean place to learn, without being hungry.
We couldn’t do this without the help of kind benefactors and sponsors like, Pure Bar and people who support brands that are doing good.