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Established in 2015

The Lunch Box Ohio is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit recognized by the IRS

 

                                            OUR STORY

 

Katie and Bethy are passionate about the health and wellbeing of their communities and are driven by the belief that every single child deserves enough food to grow up healthy and happy. In 2008, the two met at The Ohio State University and quickly developed a friendship.

 

Throughout their undergraduate years, they both realized they had a passion and drive to help and provide service to those in their communities. After volunteering at a summer food program in 2014, they were shocked to find out that childhood hunger and food insecurity in Columbus was a dire issue that was virtually unheard of and sadly, under addressed.

Upon further research, they realized that not only were many of these children food insecure all year round, but the issue greatly escalated in the summer. Many children who rely on school lunches as their only meal of the day go hungry in the summer, with very few other options.

 

They knew they had to do something immediately. In 2015, Katie and Bethy officially established their mobile feeding program, The LunchBox Ohio. They were not only on a mission to provide food to kids within their neighborhoods, but lunches that were also fresh, delicious, and nutritious. 

 

Board of Directors

  • Joelle Knoblauc
  • Kelli Koch
  • Lindsey Hughes

Co-Founders

  • Elizabeth Spangler
  • Katie Fisher Holmes

For many children, school lunches are the only meal of the day, so what happens in the summer?  The LunchBox is a nonprofit food truck that will find and deliver lunch to those children who do not have accessibility to summer lunch programs and to ultimately make sure they get the consistent nutrition they need all throughout the year.

Formed in 2015, the LunchBox has been on a mission to end childhood hunger in the summer months.

Elizabeth Spangler

Bethy is currently obtaining her masters in public health from the College of Public Health at the Ohio State University with a specialization in health behavior and health promotion.

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Katie Fisher Holmes

Katie is an instructor in the Department of Communication at the Ohio State University and after the establishment of their nonprofit she then went on to obtain her Masters in Public Policy from OSU focusing on food insecurity and nonprofit management.

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