the lunch­box fund founder

Marie Claire (South Africa) - - NAKED -

South African-born New Yorker,Topaz Page-Green, was in­spired to do some­thing to feed the mil­lions of hun­gry chil­dren in her home coun­try af­ter vis­it­ing a few lo­cal schools with a friend more than 10 years ago. On one such visit, there was a group of chil­dren sit­ting away from those who had lunch to eat – be­cause they couldn’t bear to watch oth­ers eat as they went hun­gry. Dev­as­tated,Topaz started work with lo­cal bak­ers who helped pro­vide lunches for the chil­dren the govern­ment-funded feed­ing schemes couldn’t reach. From ini­tially feed­ing 100 chil­dren a year, the fund grew to feed­ing 5 000 a day and continues to ex­pand. Us­ing her ex­po­sure to the New York so­cial elite,Topaz has spread the word of The Lunch­box Fund’s work – en­cour­ag­ing the sup­port of names in­clud­ing Bill Clin­ton,Yoko Ono, Liv Tyler and Cameron Diaz, among oth­ers. Feed­ing chil­dren through The Lunch­box Fund is Topaz’s pas­sion and her pri­mary fo­cus is to spread the news about its work to reach as many of South Africa’s hun­gry chil­dren as she can.

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