A new idea aimed at kicking child poverty in the butt is getting support from Lorde.
Eat My Lunch was launched in June this year by Auckland woman Lisa King and award-winning chef Michael Meredith. The concept being that every lunch a customer buys a free lunch is given to a less-fortunate child from a low decile school.
Singer Lorde showed her support for the idea on her Instagram account, saying “the cost of life in Auckland and New Zealand is high. The heartbreaking result of that is that a really appalling 1 in 4 kids are living in poverty, and going to school without lunch.”
(sorry for the text wall) hey kiwis! something a little out of the ordinary to share with you today, but something that means a lot to me. as you know, the cost of life in auckland (and new zealand!) is high. the heartbreaking result of that is that a really appalling 1 in 4 kids are living in poverty, and going to school without lunch. it makes me wanna cry thinking about kids who can’t eat at school, and therefore probably find it pretty tough to focus and learn too. so when i found out about michael meredith’s awesome new thing, EAT MY LUNCH, i was chuffed. the idea is for $10, you get a super yum healthy lunch which changes every day delivered to your work or school, and for every lunch you buy a second lunch is given to a kiwi kid who needs it. HOW COOL IS THAT?! i emailed them like “i travel too much to eat a lunch, but how can i GIVE TWO instead?” and they came back to me saying they were just about to launch a new thing, hopefully nationwide eventually, where you can do just that. and the first day is today. you can subscribe to do this at eatmylunch.nz/give-two – even if it’s $10 a week, that’s 2 less coffees (or one less cold pressed juice, jesus!!) and two kids get to eat lunch. it’s a no brainer, really. this week, i’m sponsoring te papapa school in onehunga for all the lunches that they need, and i’ve also subscribed to GIVE TWO as their first subscriber. so what are you waiting for? if you’ve got $10 to spare, jump on it. ok that’s it THANKS 4 READING and lots of love from me ❤️
With a life of constant travel, Ella Yelich-O’Connor knew she wouldn’t be able to regularly order a lunch for herself. So she decided to contact the service about giving two lunches instead, resulting in it becoming an option “Give Two”.
Eat My Lunch works with KidsCan to find children in need of lunch by connecting to the charity’s network of schools.
There are five items in every lunchbox, which could contain anything from sandwiches, croissants and BLT mini bagels to fritters, quiche and homemade sausage rolls.
Poverty in New Zealand is an ongoing issue. According to Childpovertymonitor, child poverty in 2014 was at 24 percent compared to 14 percent in 1982.
Around 180,000 children or 17 percent do without essentials including proper heating, food, shoes, clothing and bedding.
Small business ideas such as Eat My Lunch is “a drop in the bucket” according to the Child Poverty Action Group.
Janfrie Wakim, one of the founding members of the group, told Stuff.co.nz that she applauded the compassion of business ideas. But for there to be a real impact of child poverty, there had to be a commitment at Government level.