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Eat Up Australia

Feeding Hungry Students in WA so they can Learn & Thrive

Feeding Hungry Students in WA so they can Learn & Thrive

1 in 6 Aussie kids go to school without lunch or money to buy lunch (Foodbank, 2018). Eat Up Australia’s mission is to feed hungry kids so they can learn, gro...

australia > WA > both
01/02/2021 > 02/07/2021

FIELD OF INTEREST

  • Individual/family services & support
  • Education & training

TARGET POPULATION

  • Young people (6-25)
  • People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage or vulnerability

PROJECT SUMMARY

1 in 6 Aussie kids go to school without lunch or money to buy lunch (Foodbank, 2018). Eat Up Australia’s mission is to feed hungry kids so they can learn, grow and succeed.

Food insecurity is a pervasive problem in Australian schools. We urgently need your support to provide 70,000+ lunches to 2,000 hungry students in 100 primary and secondary schools in WA in Term 1 & 2, 2021.

“When kids are hungry, they can’t concentrate, when kids can’t concentrate, they can’t learn!” (Linda Richards, School Principal).

Missing meals has a big impact on growth, development and learning – leading to fatigue, illness, and poor learning outcomes. Having access to regular nutritional food at lunchtime ensures dramatic changes in student behaviour and classroom participation:

“We know it’s really marked. You can see the difference fairly instantaneously. If they have a full belly their ability to concentrate is far improved”. (Teacher, Eat Up Evaluation, 2019)

Eat Up takes donated/funded items like bread & cheese, to sandwich-making sessions, where passionate volunteers prepare sandwiches. The sandwiches are delivered fresh to schools, who freeze them until they are needed. Teachers toast sandwiches, and hand them out discreetly, with no “Eat Up” branding, to avoid embarrassment or stigmatisation.

We need your support to purchase food (e.g. fresh fruit and non-perishable snacks) for disadvantaged Western Australian students.

Your support will help us deliver 70,000+ sandwiches (fruit and snacks) to give 2,000 disadvantaged Western Australian school kids a better start in life.

PROJECT OUTCOMES

Short-Term Impact:

Through the provision of core lunch ingredients, together we will be able to:

1. Provide 70,000+ lunches to approximately 2,000 hungry students in 100 primary and secondary schools in WA in Term 1 & 2, 2021 - by tracking the number of sandwiches made/lunches provided.

2. Improve student engagement and classroom concentration, ability to learn/play, reduce classroom disruption - by feeding hungry kids.

“There’s a huge difference in kids who are hungry and kids who aren’t hungry in terms of being able to focus and learn” (Teacher)

3. Connect parents/teachers to check if any other supports are required at home - especially in tough times.

“Parents know their kids are safe here (at school) and being fed. So, it really has for those families, made a really good connection between us and them” (Principle)

Long-Term Impact:

Eat Up’s school lunchtime program will:
a) Help 2,000 Western Australian students to achieve their growth and physical development milestones.
b) Enable better academic, employment and ultimately life outcomes for Aussie kids - through improved nutrition, social inclusion, mental health, and participation at school.

Program Impact:

Eat Up is measuring its impact by partnering with Deakin University and Accenture to evaluate its lunchtime school program. Evaluation results will be available from mid-2021. The evaluation report will describe our program’s impact on students and schools, and calculate our Social Return on Investment (SROI), so funders can see how far every dollar goes.

Profile of Eat Up Australia

Eat Up Australia

1-in-6 Australian children go to school without lunch to fuel their growing bodies and brains (Foodbank Rumbling Tummies, 2018). While Foodbank Australia provides a breakfast program, come lunchtime, kids are going hungry. Missing meals has a big impact on children, leading to fatigue, poor concentration in class, higher rates of school-absences. This contributes to the cycle of social-disadvantage, with hungry kids falling further behind their peers.

Eat Up Australia’s Mission: Feeding hungry kids so they can learn, grow and succeed.
Eat Up does this by providing sandwiches & snacks to fill the lunchtime gap. What makes us stand-out is our collaborative model; engaging communities, schools and corporate groups to prepare sandwiches, which our staff deliver to schools. Many sandwich ingredients and healthy snacks are donated to Eat Up by generous food companies. This ensures Eat Up operating costs are kept low, while building connections in our communities and raising awareness of an important social issue.

The sandwiches prepared by volunteers are delivered fresh to schools, who freeze them until they are needed. Teachers toast sandwiches, and hand them out discreetly, with no “Eat Up” branding, to avoid embarrassment or stigmatisation.

Established in 2015, Eat Up has grown rapidly and to-date has provided one-million lunches to disadvantaged students in primary and secondary schools. Currently, Eat Up supports 496 schools throughout VIC, NSW, QLD.

However, demand from schools has increased, especially since COVID-19. In 2020, there’s been 47% increase in food relief demand (Foodbank, 2020). WA schools are now requesting our support.

BUDGET BREAKDOWN

TOTAL BUDGET: $232,612
FUNDING
Funding sourceAmount
Funding gap (unconfirmed)$10,000
Other funding (Deliveroo, Bennelong, Sunshine Foundation, Ashurst LLP, Eat Up Fundraising)$75,000
Donors$45,112
Volunteers$37,500
Lotterywest$65,000
EXPENSES
Expense itemAmount
Fruit (fresh) & Snacks (non-perishable)$20,174
Food (e.g. cheese) & Sandwich-making Items (e.g. gloves, clingwrap)$22,083
School Holiday Boxes (1,155 boxes @ $10p/box)$11,550
Driver/Facilitator Salary (0.6-0.8 FTE) pro-rata $55,000 (plus super)$45,169
Food Delivery Van (e.g. fuel, ins, rego, maintenance)$6,995
Freight$5,331
PR/Marketing, Insurance (e.g. Public Liability/Workcover), Staff/Volunteer Training/Travel$36,898
Donors (e.g. bread, margarine, coolroom storage)$45,112
In-Kind Contributions i.e. Volunteer sandwich-making sessions (1590hrs x $25p/h)$37,500
Evaluation$1,800

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