- A fund set up by international model Topaz Page-Green has been feeding underprivileged kids for the past 13 years
- The model set up the fund with the famous American actor Joaquin Pheonix
- Currently the fund priveds 2,6 million meals a year and is funded through donations
Topaz Page-Green is an international model but before she struck fame she was born and raised in South Africa.
Her love for the people and the country did not diminish and she used her fame to establish a fund.
Briefly.co.za learned that when she moved to America to pursue her acting career she met her then boyfriend and famous actor Joaquin Pheonix according to goodthingsguy.com.
The two of them travelled to South Africa in 2003 and saw first hand the desperate situation many people faced in the country.
In 2005 Topaz set up the Lunchbox Fund which provides one meal a day to 22,000 underprivileged high school children, which comes to an astounding 2,6 million meals a year.
The project was launched in Soweto and has since grown in size. Archbishop Desmond has been named the organisation’s Patron.
Although Topaz and Pheonix are no longer together, he and his sister Rain Pheonix are still heavily involved in the project.
“Our goal is to uphold a child’s right to a basic education; no child should be kept from learning by hunger or household food insecurity” – The Lunchbox Fund
The Lunchbox Fund is the only non-government national school nutrition provider in South Africa.
The operational costs of the organisation are paid for by a private donor which means 100% of the donations received goes to feeding the children.
Each meal costs only R2.50 and donations are accepted from the US and SA but the US donations make the biggest impact. $50 feeds one child for a year and $250 feeds a child for their entire high school career.
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