When we were kids, lunch was brown paper bags, maybe sometimes pizza from the concession stand. I loved lunch. By the time I was 13, I was packing my own, and it usually consisted of a sandwich (peanut butter and jelly or turkey), chips or crackers, yogurt, and dessert. Lunch was a bright spot in a day filled with classwork and school drama, and things always looked a little better after I’d had a granola bar and some chocolate (an argument for early-onset personalities, if ever there were one). Later, in college, I ate in the dining hall; as an adult, with a 9-5 job, I usually packed something or talked a coworker into going out. But, even now, as a freelancer who pulls leftovers like this crazy comforting, highly nourishing soup from the fridge most afternoons, I’ve never had to wonder where lunch was coming from, and lunch has never been the only meal I had access to all day long. That’s one of the many ways my geography and culture have blessed me—and it’s one of the many ways my lifestyle has been different from the lifestyle of other kids throughout the world, like the ones in South Africa that food bloggers today are writing to support.
In an initiative launched by The Giving Table, today we’re partnering with The Lunchbox Fund, an organization that has been feeding impoverished and orphaned schoolchildren for almost a decade. The idea is to gather together to give, in order to make a tangible difference in the lives of some kids in South Africa. What we like about this idea is that, sometimes, giving a small donation, like $10, seems pointless, like “What can this do?” but when a whole bunch of us give $10, it adds up to a lot more. The Giving Table’s goal is to collect $5000 today, and we hope you’ll consider joining us and many others to hit or even exceed that target. All money collected will go directly to feeding needy children in South Africa.
You may make your donation, and learn more about the project, here.
You can learn more about this chicken soup below.