Moose started partnering with this wonderful charity this year, 2020. Eat Up is doing amazing things Australia wide for children who would otherwise go hungry at lunchtime.
1 in every 8 Australian children arrives at school without the lunch they need to fuel their growing bodies and brains. Missing out on lunch has a big impact on these children, with hunger leading to fatigue and poor concentration. This commonly leads to learning difficulties and behavioral problems in school, with disadvantaged children falling further behind their peers. To date, Eat Up has provided more than 980,000 free school lunches to help children in Australia take advantage of their learning opportunities.
Our Partnership At A Glance
980,000 free school lunches to help children in Australia
Production line of yumminess!
At the core of Eat Up is the free school lunch program. The special part of our approach is engaging communities, schools, and corporate groups who (pre-COVID-19 restrictions) would come together to help prepare over 10,000 sandwiches every week. Eat Up delivers these sandwiches along with healthy snacks to more than 490 schools Australia wide. Schools freeze the cheese sandwiches on-site and toast them up each day for students who arrive to school hungry.
The Eat Up Delivery Van.
Our estimated 3500 volunteers ensure Eat Up’s program is inexpensive and sustainable, while raising awareness of food insecurity in the community. Volunteer sessions are fast and fun, with teams preparing more than 1000 sandwiches in less than an hour on-site at workplaces or in convenient public spaces. Sandwiches and donated snacks are then delivered direct to schools, who freeze the sandwiches until needed.
Adapting to COVID-19. Food Box delivery...
The outbreak of Covid-19 has seen families and students face unimaginable challenges and increased food insecurity. With school closures and students learning remotely Eat Up adapted its model to ensure students were able to access critical food supplies at home with their family by delivering emergency food boxes. These contain over 10kg of fresh fruit, vegetables, and staples like bread and pasta. With the support of companies like Moose Toys, Eat Up will have delivered over 13,000 emergency boxes for families by the end of Term 3.