Providing hope when it matters most
Over 90 percent of children in the poorest communities in South Africa are identified as ‘school-unready’ at the beginning of their first year, often due to malnourishment. This is according to The Lunchbox Fund, a nonprofit organization in South Africa that provides a nutritious daily school time meal to children who might otherwise go hungry.
FedEx is proud to have a positive impact on these children through our support of The Lunchbox Fund, which works in townships and rural areas across South Africa, helping children get the education they desperately need to build a life free of poverty for themselves and their families.
“By working together, we can have a positive impact on the lives of those in the communities where we live and work,” said Abby Bailey, Communications and Community Engagement Manager, FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.
“During the recent pandemic school closures, nearly 220 families from the schools that are supported by FedEx were assisted with relief boxes providing a meal a day for a month for each member of a family of four. This goes to show that together we can deliver hope, change and create new possibilities for the children, and in doing so, create a brighter future for our future leaders,” said Sue Wildish, Managing Director of The Lunchbox Fund.
“We value our continued association with The Lunchbox Fund and are delighted to confirm our support for their ongoing outreach to children in need. Those schools we supported in 2019 and 2020 will continue to be served through to May 2022, helping ensure that the children will continue to receive a much-needed meal each school day”, explained Bailey.
“FedEx has supported us for the past two years, and we have been able to provide more than 90,000 meals yearly. We are excited about the current funding as it means we can continue delivering the much needed 90,000 school meals throughout 2021,” said Wildish.
Our support is part of FedEx Cares 50 by 50, which is our goal to positively impact 50 million people by our 50th anniversary. Through this campaign, we are enabling hope, change and new possibilities around the world.
*** Images published with permission of The Lunchbox Fund with photo credit to Jonx Pillemer