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Students’ Representative Council #LunchBoxChallenge
Author: Student Representative Council
Published: 04/08/2022

Giving is a core piece of many womxn's lives. To honour womxn on 09 August, the National Womxn's Day in style, Stellenbosch University Students' Representative Council (SRC) Social Impact has relaunched a movement called the #LunchBoxChallenge. This initiative aims to combat the hunger crisis faced by many of South Africa's school children. Statistics reflect that many South African learners go to school hungry each day. This is alarming considering that these children face a much larger risk of stunting and poor academic performance, especially during early childhood development. This causes irreparable harm to a person's ability to learn and develop.

SRC Social Impact, the student arm for social impact, and Rise Against Hunger Africa (RAH) have partnered in this initiative to pack and donate the 25 000 meals to RAH's early childhood development feeding programmes. RAH is a volunteer-based meal-packaging programme with the goal of eradicating world hunger by 2030. RAH meals are provided in schools to encourage increased enrolment and attendance. Supplying learners with these regular meals means that they are provided with the necessary energy to concentrate, learn, and participate in school activities. This in turn enables them to succeed academically and improves their opportunities for the future.

The focus of this initiative – to contribute to eradicating world hunger by 2030 – aligns with SU's social impact theme of “Food security and health". This in turn aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development goals of “Zero hunger" and “Good health & well-being".

This call is for all SU students and staff members to help us accept SRC's challenge to ensure that children are no longer hungry at school.

The meal-packaging event will take place on Tuesday 09 August. There will be three slots available for volunteers in the Neelsie (between VV Hall & Fharga): 10:00–11:00, 11:30–12:30 and 13:00 – 14:00. Please click here to volunteer.

For more information, contact Precious Nhamo (SRC Social Impact Chairperson, or Tebogo Radebe (SRC Social Impact Events Planner