Since its inception in June last year, Eat My Lunch has provided 100,000 lunches to Kiwi kids in need.
Eat My Lunch is the Buy One Give One initiative that was first launched in June 2015, and has now made 198,000 lunches since its inception; over half of which have been delivered to hungry school kids across Auckland.
The school lunches have enabled teachers to refocus on learning with previously hungry kids receiving a wholesome sandwich, fresh fruit or vegetables, and a healthy snack each day.
Many of the schools involved had teacher’s aids and teachers giving up time in the classroom to make food for the children. Eat My Lunch has seen teachers be able to focus again on teaching with the assurance that the kids are fed during the day.
“The support we have received has been overwhelming and it would not be possible to give so many kids in need a lunch if it wasn’t for those also buying their lunch from us or those who are buying the Give Two,” says Eat My Lunch head chef Michael Meredith.
As well as recently moving the business out of their residential home where they operated for the first six months, Eat My Lunch is expanding around the country starting with Wellington.
“We have wanted to expand Eat My Lunch since day one and have received so many requests from Kiwis all around New Zealand to set up in their area. For us, Wellington is the next step where we can grow the business and have a Lower North Island hub that has the facilities to make both buy and give lunches,” says founder Lisa King.
Eat My Lunch will also be delivering to Hamilton and the wider Auckland area.
In the short time of just eight months, Eat My Lunch has made an impact on child poverty and helping schools focus on education. They recently won the Communicating Sustainability Award at the NZI Sustainable Business Network awards, a Local Hero Medal at the 2016 New Zealand Local Hero of the Year, and Excellence in Social Innovation at the 2015 New Zealand Innovator Awards amongst other award nominations.
Eat My Lunch provides affordable, wholesome lunches, made fresh daily and delivered directly to workplaces and schools. Lunches can be ordered by a subscription service at www.eatmylunch.nz.