the lunchbox fund founder
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.