- 65% of all South African children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education.
- Nearly 20% of all children in South Africa are orphans, with approximately 1.9 Million of those children orphaned as a result of HIV and AIDS.
- Lack of food can diminish concentration, erode willpower, and strip away a child's potential. Compound that with prevalence of HIV/AIDS or the trauma of losing parents and loved ones, without food, a child's attendance and performance at school is severely jeopardized.
- The Lunchbox Fund identifies schools or forms partnerships with locally based NGOs or community organizations in order to evaluate and identify schools. It funds distributors to buy and deliver food, monitor the feeding scheme, implement a Project Manager, and deliver reports back to them for evaluation.
Since this project is about sharing a meal, here is a recipe you can use to make lunch for yourself and your family. When I get a craving for something specific to eat, I am lucky since I usually have the means to satisfy it easily. My recent craving for an egg sandwich came out of nowhere. Since I had all the ingredients on hand, it was easy to address. Best of all, this is a fast, easily prepared meal (which could work for breakfast, maybe even dinner), that is relatively inexpensive. No need to even use a spread on the bread if you cook the egg for 3 minutes. The yolk, once broken, will create its own creamy sauce that will have you licking your fingers.
2 slices sourdough bread (or bread of your choice)
Handful of arugula (or greens of your choice)
Half of a sliced avocado
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Warm a small skillet over medium heat. Once warm, add a bit of butter to coat the bottom of the pan and crack an egg into it, cooking it sunny side up with the lid on for 3 minutes. While it cooks, lightly toast the bread. Place the toast on a plate with the cooked egg, tomato, avocado and arugula. Add salt and pepper to taste. (Serves 1)
Now that your lunch plans are covered, we ask that you stop your busy day for two minutes and help one child cover theirs. Even if it is just $10, it will make a difference. That $10 can feed a child their only meal of the day. Give whatever you are comfortable with. Maybe cut back a bit on the weekly grocery bill (the above recipe might help with that), or forgo a meal out so that you can help make this goal a reality. Gina and I both donated. We know you will feel as good as we do about it. Please make your donation here now. Let us know if you have suggestions for local food organizations that we can donate to later in the year. Many thanks. (Cathy)