FedEx Express Announces Grant to The Lunchbox Fund – Providing Hope When It Matters Most
FedEx grant helps support 90,000 children per year, with over 200,000 meals provided in the last two years
SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg, March 25, 2021 — As part of its commitment to supporting local communities, FedEx Express announced its continued partnership with The Lunchbox Fund, a non-profit organization in South Africa that provides a nutritious daily schooltime meal to children who might otherwise go hungry.
“By working together, we can have a positive impact on the lives of those in the communities where we live and work,” said Abby Bailey, Communications and Community Engagement Manager, FedEx Express Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa.
According to The Lunchbox Fund, over 90 percent of children in the poorest schools in South Africa are identified as ‘school-unready’ at the beginning of their first school year, often due to malnourishment 1. “FedEx has supported us for the past two years, and we have been able to provide more than 90,000 meals yearly. We are excited about the current funding as it means we can continue delivering the much needed 90,000 school meals throughout 2021,” said Sue Wildish, Managing Director of The Lunchbox Fund.
“We value our continued association with The Lunchbox Fund and are delighted to confirm our support for their ongoing outreach to children in need. Those schools we supported in 2019 and 2020 will continue to be served through to May 2022, helping ensure that the children will continue to receive a much-needed meal each school day”, explained Bailey.
“During the recent pandemic school closures, nearly 220 families from the schools that are supported by FedEx were assisted with relief boxes providing a meal a day for a month for each member of a family of four. This goes to show that together we can deliver hope, change and create new possibilities for the children, and in doing so, create a brighter future for our future leaders,” concluded Wildish.