Feed a Child, Nourish a Mind

lunch | the vanilla bean blog
Five days a week I make a lunch for my daughter to take to school. Some days she helps, picking and choosing what kind of sandwich, treats, and fruits and vegetables are tucked inside her lunch bag. I trim the crusts from her sandwich, and sneak a little note inside, reminding [W] that we are thinking of her, missing her. Other times I am muttering and grumbling as I make it, remembering right before bed that it needs to get done. Those are the nights I rummage through cupboards as I realize I am out of bread again, and desperately trying to find anything to fill up her bag.
lunch | the vanilla bean blog
But the point is, my daughter has a lunch, every day. And while occasionally it’s a hodgepodge affair, she always has healthy food to eat, and she never goes without. But sadly, there are many, many children who do not have this luxury. Did you know that 65% of all South African children live in poverty, and 20% of those children are orphans? The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable school children in township and rural areas of South Africa, a country where 65% of all children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education. Today I have partnered with them and The Giving Table to help raise awareness for this important cause.

$10 can feed a child for a month, $100 for a year. The simple act of providing each child with protein-rich peanut butter sandwiches and a piece of fruit, or hearty soups, stews with vegetables or enriched porridge, makes a substantial difference as it nurtures and encourages each child’s attendance and performance at school. Not only is it often their only guaranteed meal of a day, but children are more likely to attend and stay in school to obtain this basic sustenance.

Interested in helping? Donate. Every child deserves lunch.
lunch | the vanilla bean blog
*All text in italics is from The Lunchbox Fund.

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Done! Great outreach for a great cause. So happy to support you and everyone who is working on this fantastic campaign.

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    Brian @ A Thought For Food
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 11:03 am

    A great cause and a wonderful post.

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    Meg @ Beard and Bonnet
    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Loved this post and your video! This is such an amazing cause and I am so happy to have teamed up with bloggers like you to shed light on it.:)

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    Sini @ my blue&white kitchen
    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 11:04 am

    This is such an important campaign that is close to my heart as I’ve seen what poverty can do in Namibia. The numbers are truly horrifying. Let’s help to nourish South African school children and give them a future.

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    Alice Choi
    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Love this. . so happy to be partnering with you and Nicole and everyone else today for such a wonderful cause.

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    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Beautifully done Sarah! I love that you made your own video with your daughter. Thank you for sharing your story. Can’t wait to read everyone’s posts on this today.

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    Aimee @ Simple Bites
    Monday, February 10, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Beautiful post, Sarah. The numbers were indeed sobering when I was reading up on the cause for my own post. It’s an honour to participate in such a great cause, isn’t it?

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