One in four New Zealand children lives in poverty and thousands go without lunch every day. A new start-up company, Eat My Lunch, has been set up to address these issues and make a change for the better.
Eat My Lunch is built around the mantra “Buy one Give one.” For every lunch bought, Eat My Lunch gives a lunch to a Kiwi kid in need.
The company was founded by Lisa King, with the help of award-winning chef Michael Meredith. Their aim is to make it easy for Kiwis to help other Kiwis, and in so doing, help alleviate a nationwide issue by creating social change through something as routine as eating lunch.
“The more we hear about children in other countries, who go hungry, the easier it is to forget about children right here in New Zealand who live in poverty and go without lunch every day. We all know that kids struggle to concentrate and learn on an empty stomach,” Mr Meredith says.
“We want to give Kiwis a chance to give back with something as simple as eating lunch, which most Kiwis do every day.”
Just $10 pays for two lunches – one for you and one for a Kiwi kid who would usually not receive lunch. Eat My Lunch is working with KidsCan to provide lunch to children from low decile schools, who experience food insecurity.
An online service, Eat My Lunch provides affordable, wholesome lunches, made fresh daily and delivered directly to workplaces and schools. There are five items in every lunch, which changes every day, focused around real food, less sugar, more veggies and nothing in a packet.
Eat My Lunch is Auckland based with the aim to grow the business nationwide.
Delivery started on Monday, June 8.