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Eat My Lunch Expands to Wellington

Published: Mon 10 Oct 2016 11:16 AM
10.10.16
Eat My Lunch Expands to Wellington
Eat My Lunch opens in Wellington. The social enterprise business provides affordable, wholesome lunches, made fresh daily and delivered directly to workplaces and schools. For every purchase of a commercial lunch, Eat My Lunch delivers a lunch to a child who would otherwise go hungry.
Wellingtonians can start ordering their lunches today at www.eatmylunch.nz with the first lunches being delivered on Monday 17th October.
Based in premises kindly supported by L’affare Café, Eat My Lunch will also be delivering Give lunches on Monday 17th October to Holy Cross School (Miramar) and Kahurangi, Strathmore Park.
“We have wanted to expand Eat My Lunch since day one and have received so many requests from Kiwis all around New Zealand to set up in their area. Opening in Wellington will enable us to grow the business, give more lunches and have a Lower North Island hub that has the facilities to make both buy and give lunches,” says Eat My Lunch founder Lisa King.
Since its inception in June 2015 Eat My Lunch has given over 262000 lunches to Kiwi kids in low decile schools across Auckland and Hamilton.
“The feedback we’ve had from schools receiving our GIVE lunches is incredible. It changes the way teachers engage with kids. No longer is time taken up ensuring the kids are feed so they can learn, instead the focus is back on learning,” says King.
29% of Kiwi kids live in poverty and thousands go to school every day without lunch. King, with the help of award-winning chef Michael Meredith, started Eat My Lunch with the aim to alleviate a nationwide issue by creating social change through something as routine as eating lunch.
An award winning chef Meredith is the man behind the lunch recipes delivering nutritious, fresh food – with a focus on less sugar and more veggies.
“It’s all about variety and surprise! There are four elements per box and a different menu every day. In a time-poor world our subscription, delivery service is the ultimate in convenience, at the same time providing a solution for Kiwis who want to do good, but don’t know how,” says King.
Since launch, product extensions into ‘Vegetarian’, ‘Gluten Free’, ‘Hungry’ & ‘Gourmet’ lunches have been added to the menu. The new website, which also launched this week, will now let customers place orders up to 48hours in advance for both subscriptions and catering.
Eat My Lunch is also looking for Wellington volunteers to help with making the Give lunches. Over 2000 volunteers have assisted with making lunches in Auckland, some of them 2 or 3 times a week, while others are now Eat My Lunch employees.
“We were possibly naive for believing people would be passionate enough to help, but it’s been incredible to have so many great people giving their time. We have a 2- 3 week waiting list to get into the kitchen in Auckland and hope that Wellingtonians will offer the same support,” says King.
Every day you have the choice to make a difference.
Buy One. Give One. www.eatmylunch.nz
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