One of the best ways you can help The Lunch Box provide lunches and fight hunger is by providing a monetary gift. When you make a gift to The Lunch Box, you’ll join us in our mission to fight childhood hunger and directly contribute to feeding the kids in our communities.
For the past two years we have been developing and creating the non-profit organization The Lunch Box because our children, the kids in our communities, are hungry. In Ohio, one in four children lives in a food insecure home (almost 670,000 children). Of those children, only 10.4% participate in the summer meals programs available. Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get a free meal during the summer. 46% (or 840,000) of Ohio school age children are eligible to receive free or reduced priced school meals, but only about 1 in 10 eligible children in Ohio receive food through the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
We asked ourselves, why are these children going hungry? Why do they not participate in these programs? It’s accessibility. These are children who do not have the means or ability to get to these programs. So we are going to bring the food to them! The Lunch Box is a mobile food truck that is going to bring healthy, nutritious food to children, while partnering with local farmers and food purveyors to make sure they are receiving fresh, local lunches.
This summer we are launching a pilot program to establish the area of greatest need and to engage with communities and the families that live within them. We are also raising funds to purchase our own food truck to bring our efforts mobile.