Eat My Lunch is on a mission to ensure no child is hungry at school.
“Buy One, Give One” is the idea behind the social enterprise based in Auckland, New Zealand, founded in 2015. For every lunch bought by a corporate customer, the company gives a meal to “a Kiwi kid who would otherwise go without.” LSG Sky Chefs New Zealand is now supporting Eat My Lunch by supplying them with ingredients and meal components.
For the customer service center in Auckland, this is not only a good opportunity to utilize capacity and bring in a new business account. “It also helps LSG Sky Chefs gain a foothold in New Zealand’s school-catering market, which fits our overall business strategy,” explains Mauricio Novaes, Head of New Zealand & Pacific Market. “We are really proud to work with Eat My Lunch, which is an enterprise with a lot of good reputation here in New Zealand,” adds Bilal Ozturk, Sales and Services Director, New Zealand & Pacific. “This new business helps us to participate in and develop a promising market, as well as grow together with such a project.”
In late January, LSG Sky Chefs began supplying and delivering cooked products to Eat My Lunch, supporting them in delivering lunches as part of the new Ka Ora, Ka Ako Healthy School Lunches Programme. “We also deliver food in bulk, like one ton of cooked pasta and couscous every week, so that the people at Eat My Lunch can assemble the product and deliver meals to schools,” continues Ozturk.
LSG Sky Chefs is not the only one excited about the project, the partner is too. “We approached LSG Sky Chefs early on knowing the impact COVID-19 would have had on their business. We’ve been lucky enough to be able to employ some of their former team members and utilize their current team and facilities,” says Geoff Clarke, National Sales Manager at Eat My Lunch. “This relationship has helped us achieve the massive scale of shifting from 1,500 kids lunches a day to 16,500. This partnership has been so important and meaningful to us in continuing our mission of ensuring no child is hungry at school.”
Eat My Lunch relies on a network of more than 12,000 volunteers for preparing their “Give lunches,” which are made fresh every morning and delivered to schools in need the same day. According to its website, the social enterprise has given over 1,600,000 lunches to children in Auckland and Wellington since 2015.