In response to escalating concerns of an increased number of children going to school hungry in the post-COVID economy, Viaduct hospitality venue Saint Alice has joined forces with Eat My Lunch on their social mission to ensure no Kiwi kids go hungry at school.
“We continue to hear reports that the demand for food in schools is multiplying. With so many children and families struggling, we want to do our bit and give back where we can. Partnering with Eat My Lunch felt like the best place to start,” explained Saint Alice co-owner, Callum O’Brien.
“Our schools are telling us pre-COVID food insecurity was approximately 10 percent, post-COVID this is reaching up to 40 percent, so we know we have a lot more to do,” said Eat My Lunch General Manager, Kellie Burbidge.
For the month of August, Saint Alice will give a school lunch through the Eat My Lunch programme for every woodfired pizza sold.
“Our target is 1000 lunches for kids in Auckland, but ultimately we want to contribute as much support towards the cause, 1000 is really the minimum,” Callum added.
In three years, Eat My Lunch has given over 1,500,000 lunches to Kiwi kids attending 77 schools in Auckland and Wellington.
“It’s wonderful to be partnering locally with Callum and the team at Saint Alice. Their help will make a big impact to the growing number of kids in New Zealand who go hungry at school,” noted Kellie who is thrilled Saint Alice have joined their social mission to feed Kiwi kids.
“Lunch is an important meal and has a huge impact on kids' attendance and behaviour. Thanks Callum and the team, I’m looking forward to coming down to try the Duck & Plum pizza – looks delicious!”