It is our moral obligation to give every child the very best education possible. In order to learn, children need to be nourished. The Lunchbox Fund ensures that every child is equipped to embrace the future and change it for the better.”
— Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Every day, around 12 or 1 pm, I get up from my desk, walk to the back of my office, open the mini-fridge, and pull out my lunch. Most days it’s a salad, or perhaps a bowl of soup, but every day, my lunch is there.
Because I pack my lunch for work Monday through Friday, making lunch at home on the weekends feels like an indulgence. Even when it’s something as simple as scrambled eggs and sauteed greens, I love the slower pace of my weekend lunches, the ability to make something on the stove.
But whether it’s a weekday lunch at the office or a weekend lunch at home, I have never had to worry if I would be able to eat lunch at all. I go to the fridge, and food is there.
Yet 65% of all South African children live in poverty. 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 the 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.
This is where The Lunchbox Fund comes in. The Lunchbox Fund has been fostering education via nutrition since 2005. It provides daily meals for orphaned and impoverished children in townships and rural areas in South Africa. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education.
The Lunchbox Fund identifies schools or forms partnerships with locally based NGOs or community organizations in order to evaluate and identify schools. It funds distributers to buy and deliver food, monitor the feeding scheme, implement a Project Manager, and deliver reports back to them for evaluation.
Thanks to the inspiring vision of Nicole and The Giving Table, I am joining with other food bloggers to donate our posts today to support The Lunchbox Fund. Our goal is to raise $5,000 to provide a daily meal to 100 South African school children for an entire year. Fundraising will take place on Causes all week, February 10 – 16.
I hope you will join with us in our effort to provide one meal per day to 100 South African children. Just $10 can feed one child their daily meal for the entire year. I’ve made my contribution–will you join me?
If you would like to donate, please visit the fundraising page on Causes!
Tomato & Ricotta Scrambled Eggs with Sauteed Greens
This simple lunch was inspired by my host mother from my summer in Valencia, Spain. Scrambled eggs with a touch of tomato sauce (the kind that comes in a box, not a can) and a hunk of fresh baguette was perhaps my favorite dish she made during my month in her home.
- 1 – 2 Tablespoons ghee
- 2 eggs
- 2 Tablespoons ricotta cheese
- 2 Tablespoons tomato sauce
- 1 cup chopped greens of your choice (spinach, kale, chard, mustard greens, etc would all work well)
- 1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
- salt and pepper
Melt 1 tablespoon ghee in a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Whisk eggs and ricotta cheese in a small bowl. Pour eggs into warm pan and agitate; add tomato sauce, and scramble eggs until they are cooked through. Transfer eggs to a plate and season with salt and pepper.
Add additional ghee to the pan if it looks dry, and melt over medium heat. Add greens and vinegar and cook until wilted. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with toast, or, even better, a hunk of a fresh baguette.