Give A Free Lunch
Who We Are
Issabella Jane Patel
Co-Chief Executive Officer
I see people on the street who are starving and extremely skinny and I think it's not right. I can help them and I can especially help any kids out there who are hungry? I'm in year 8 and I'm the oldest in the family (by two minutes!) I'm astonishingly grateful that I'm not starving and not on the streets like some people. I also love being silly and laughing loudly! My new passion is Kickboxing!
Amelia Jane Patel
Chief Operations Officer
If I don't eat, I don't feel the best. I don't think anyone should have to be hungry. If I can help people, maybe they won't feel bad any more. I'm in year 6 and my passion is diving. I also adore my dog Duncan.
Kaeden James Patel
Chief Events Officer
I am trying my best to eat healthy. I want others to be able to eat good food too. I'm the little brother of my #3 older sisters! My sisters try to keep up with me but I'm too fast! I'm in year 4 and I love to play Rugby
Mackenzie Jane Patel
Chief Marketing Officer
Give A Free Lunch is something I really want to do. I don't understand why some people don't get to eat. It's not fair that lots of people in this world don't get to eat. sometimes I get hungry and I don't want other people to feel like that.
I love swimming and I'm in year *.
Parker Jessop Voynovich
Captain Of Canada
Parker is one of the newest members of Give A Free Lunch. Parker is an avid dancer (ballet, modern & jazz), loves reading and writing stories, enjoys crafts, volleyball, and hanging with her rescue pup Ollie. Parker is 10 years old and is in 5th grade.
Go to the Canada section to see what she is doing!
Marlene Sophie Harder
Co-Chief Executive Officer
Marlene like's to help people who are homeless and don’t have enough to eat. I think it is not okay that so many people are poor and have no place to stay, while others have a lot of money and can eat whenever and whatever they want. I know how it feels to be hungry. But there is always something to eat for me. For others, this is not the case. So I help to raise money for a warm lunch for them! I am in 7th grade and I love to play handball and to sing.
Go to the Germany section to see what she is doing!
In 2030, we will present The United Nations
our solution to solve world hunger.
ADVOCATE: In 2020, we aim to double to the size of our team to increase awareness about world hunger.
As an international team, we will raise awareness and fundraise for kids in need of healthy, nutritious lunches around the world. We will organize community-based activities and fundraisers to support our mission.
ALL DONATIONS will help us support children who need nutritional support to achieve their full potential around the world!
In 2019, we welcomed Munich team members, Marlene and Max! AND, we expanded to London, UK! It was a busy year with lots of learnings and success!
Imagine yourself in starving children shoes. You wouldn't be healthy or happy. So in 2019 we set ourselves a goal and YOU helped us achieve our goal of raising $8224 for kids around the world. MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!
We will work closely with non-profits and communities all over the world with a goal to serving one billion HEALTHY lunches in our lifetime. Wish us luck!
Our Big Hairy Audicious Goal is to present our solution for world hunger to the U.N. We know that if we put our minds together, we can accomplish anything! Join us to be part of the solution.
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Four siblings on a life long mission to make a difference with your help
We are the Patel family! Our sisters Issabella and Mackenzie were born three months premature, so we have all been very aware about the importance of hospital care for children, especially care for babies. That’s why In 2016, we decided to raise money for the BC Children's Hospital. We spent the day making chocolate brownies and lemonade on Kitsilano Beach – and we sold out in 20 minutes. We couldn’t believe it!
After, we continued to learn and research childhood nutrition and how this impacts children’s potential. We were stunned to learn some horrible facts about child hunger, such as: how 100-million children in developing countries are underweight, 3.1-million children die each year from malnutrition, and 17-million children are born undernourished because of their mother’s poor nutrition. We decided then and there to do something to help change the lives of hungry kids around the world. But what could we do? We were just 4 kids from Canada! So we put our heads together and talked about what we could do. Then we realised we could do anything we wanted! So we invested our Christmas gift from our Nana and Granddad and created Give a Free Lunch, a campaign to ultimately serve 1-billion nutritious meals for kids who cannot get one.
We realized that with small, fun activities and working together we could help others, even with just a lemonade stand! Now each month we plan one event for our community, for example - selling lemonade in the warmer months and hot chocolate in the cooler months. All money raised is donated to organizations that are able to make a big impact. Since January 2017-January 2019, we raised enough money to feed almost 4000 kids.
And then we expanded to London, Munich and Winnipeg --- stay tuned, the story continues! xo