Of our 63 nursery schools, 8% of the children receive their only nutritious plate of food from our project. This project feeds about 4 500 children every day across South Africa. Helping Hands involvement ensure that these toddlers start their formal training without a handicap.
We plan to assist a needy Lunchbox primary school in 2016 by financing the holistic mini chess program which convers many educational aspects.
WHAT IS THE LUNCH PROJECT?
This project is one of the flagships of Helping Hand and the initiative specifically focuses on supporting toddlers from economically challenged households by assisting nursery schools with their feeding schemes. Many toddlers will not develop optimally because of a lack of sufficient nutrition as well as due to physical and emotional neglect. They will, therefore, start their formal training with a handicap.
In 2009 Helping Hand started the Lunchbox Project to address the growing need among toddlers and nursery schools. In 2015, approximately 4 500 toddlers in 63 nursery schools across South Africa were provided with food vouchers and nutritional supplements. In some cases, the cooked meal that these toddlers receive at school is their only decent meal of the day.
How do nursery schools benefit? For a nursery school to qualify for support through the Lunchbox Project, it must be nominated by a Helping Hand volunteer branch. The school must also adhere to the basic criteria set out to qualify for assistance.