What we love about Lunch Buddies is that it’s about kids helping kids. It’s also about helping our children grow. Children who are materially poor benefit by receiving much-needed food and children who never have to worry about food benefit by giving and growing in kindness.The program depends entirely on the goodwill and participation of parents and learners at donor schools. The more sandwiches we receive, the more children we can feed. Therefore our goal is to increase the number of sandwiches we collect on a daily basis.
About 1200 children are being fed every school day through the Lunch Buddies program. For some of these learners, the lunch they receive is their only meal of the day.
FoodBank is always looking to partner with new donor schools. Lunch Buddies is running in Cape Town in the Western Cape and in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, but our plan is to roll it out countrywide.
How it works is simple: If your school – or your child’s school – would like to take part, we assign you a “sandwich day” and on that day you take an extra sandwich to school and place it in a designated collection crate. Our driver fetches the sandwiches and delivers them to a local beneficiary school before second break.
FoodBank will provide your school with crates, which we suggest you place in a dedicated place that could be known as the Lunch Buddies corner.
To encourage participation, we plan to run competitions between donor schools and promote the top five most generous schools on our website, in our newsletter, facebook page and in the local media.
There are many benefits to supporting the Lunch Buddies program, not least of which is the joy of giving and sharing.