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Sponsors


Thanking our 2018 Supporters

Our sponsors and donors are the absolute backbone of Lunches for Learning. Without your support, fulfulling our mission in rural Honduras simply would not be possible. Your commitment has allowed L4L to grow from supporting 1 school in 2005 to a total of 41 schools currently ... including 5 schools invited to join the L4L family so far in 2019. Because of your generosity, over 1,900 kindergarten, elementary and middle-school-aged children are able to enjoy a healthy meal at school each day ... making it possible for them to focus on school work and remain in school, rather than having to drop-out of school to search for food.

To view a roster of our sponsors and donors from calendar year 2018, visit this page or click on the image above. Thank you all!



The society of Lunches for Learning sponsors is known as the Friends of Anabel. A commitment at any of the sponsorship levels listed below qualifies the sponsoring individual, family or organization for membership in the Friends of Anabel.

STUDENT SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
Patron Sponsor a Student $150 ($12.50 per month) to $364
Advocate $1 a day $365 to $749
Steward Grade level sponsor $750 to $1,499
Leader Classroom sponsor $1,500 to $2,499

Student sponsorships cover the equivalent of the cost to provide lunches for one student or more for each academic year. Because of efficiencies built-into the L4L lunch distribution process, we are able to feed lunches to each student for an entire 10-month school year at a cost of only $150 (that's only $12.50 per month). Because of their remote, rural locations, many of our L4L-sponsored schools include multi-grade classroom instruction with students in more that one grade level being taught by the same teacher in the same classroom. This is an innovative and collaborative method of instruction which has fascinated many of our sponsors as they've witnessed it first-hand.

A Grade Level Sponsor is essentially providing lunches for the equivalent of one grade level (1st graders, for example) while a Classroom Sponsor is effectively providing lunches to the equivalent of an entire classroom, which could include 2nd, 4th and 6th grade, for example, under the instruction of one teacher. In larger schools, classrooms typically include a single grade level in each classroom.

SCHOOL SPONSORSHIP LEVELS
Partner $2,500 to $4,999
Builder $5,000 to $9,999
Dreamer $10,000 to $14,999
Visionary $15,000 to $19,999

School sponsors are individuals, families or organizations with an annual, recurring commitment at one of the sponsorship levels suggested above - allocated to a specific school. School sponsors are recognized with the inclusion of the name of the sponsoring group, individual or organization on a large, permanent banner posted on the front of their sponsored school. School sponsors are encouraged to travel with us to visit their sponsored school, particularly for graduation in November, as a way of developing relationships with the families in the community they support.

School Sponsors will be recognized on the Lunches for Learning website and in L4L publications.


A school may be fully-sponsored by a single sponsor or sponsorships of any size may be applied toward a larger school, meaning that the school would be co-sponsored by multiple individuals, groups or organizations. The full cost of providing lunches at any given school is based on the enrollment of each school - at $150 per student.

CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS
Diamond $200,000 and above
Platinum $150,000 to $199,999
Gold $100,000 to $149,999
Silver $  50,000 to $ 99,999
Bronze $  20,000 to $ 49,999

Rather than being designated for a specific school, Corporate Sponsorships represent unrestricted operational support. Because the gifts are unrestricted, these corporate partners provide Lunches for Learning with the flexibility to utilize the funds in the area of greatest need at any given point - including both operations and the core lunch program. Corporate partners will receive recognition on the Lunches for Learning website, as well as in L4L publications and at L4L events.
 
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Projects
Lunches for Learning has always maintained a laser focus on providing lunches in school - because that's what keeps kids in school and helps them complete their education. However, we have encouraged many of our school sponsors to visit Honduras with us on Day-in-the-Life Trips and Graduation Trips. These trips have always been designed to introduce current sponsors to the schools they assist and experience first-hand the very real impact of our mission which is made possible by their financial support.

However, because the needs are so many in this region of Honduras, our sponsors - along with input from community leaders in the Valle Department - often identify additional needs at their sponsored schools above-and-beyond the lunch program. We often receive questions about the types of projects which Lunches for Learning endorses - and the types we tend to discourage.


Provided that the lunch program at any L4L-sponsored school is fully-funded, most projects which directly improve lunch program delivery or the learning process in school are encouraged by L4L. This includes kitchen construction, latrine construction, roof repair or replacement, and textbooks or other learning materials which benefit the entire school:
  • Without an on-site kitchen, the mothers of the community must prepare meals at their homes and then carry the cooked food - sometimes a 45-minute walk or more - to the kids at the school.
  • In the absence of indoor plumbing at these schools, the kids and teachers receiving lunches deserve to have latrines which improve sanitary conditions and provide a sense of basic dignity. The latrine pictured here was provided in 2019 by Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Madison, Alabama for the students and teachers at their sponsored school.
  • Damaged or missing roofs make it impossible for kids to be in school during the rainy season, which also hinders their ability to receive the daily school lunch provided by our sponsors and donors.
  • Textbooks and other basic learning tools are a rare luxury in many of these remote, rural, public schools in Honduras. These important learning tools are simply not provided in any consistent fashion by the Honduran Education Ministry.
Why are there projects which L4L discourages? The L4L school lunch program is empowering the kids of rural Honduras to learn their way to a better life. It's bringing a new sense of hope to these remote, rural, nearly forgotten communities. Any initiatives which can be perceived as providing handouts - or have the potential to create dependency, or ignore the innate skills and abilities in these proud Honduran communities - run the risk of creating resentment among the very families with whom we are building a long-term partnership.

How does L4L suggest we balance the challenges identified in any of these deserving Honduran communities? The answers to a few basic questions can quickly help us determine whether any suggested project would either empower the community, or potentially do more harm than good:
  • Has the community in question been consulted so that they have the opportunity to help identify what their school's needs are? Or are we assuming that we know best what their needs are?
  • If a tangible, brick-and-mortar project is suggested, are we hiring local tradesmen to coordinate much of the work effort - allowing them to use their skills and expertise to better their own community while they also earn pay to help them earn a living and support their own families?
  • Is any project under consideration intended to benefit all children in the school equally?
The L4L school lunch program is literally changing the trajectory of the lives of kids who would likely otherwise be dropping-out of school to search for food on a daily basis. We simply want to make sure that we are constantly maintaining our focus on this life-changing school lunch program - while at the same time allowing our sponsors and donors to grow their relationships with their sponsored school communities by considering additional initiatives which directly benefit the lunch program and the school learning experience.
 



 

 


 
If you would like to learn more about how you as an individual, your family, your church or your organization could expand your impact in Honduras by meeting some of these additional needs at L4L-sponsored schools, contact Phil to discuss this further.


 
 
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Partnerships
Lunches for Learning, Inc. has partnered with ITAD Technologies to create a program for disposing of decommissioned IT equipment such as desktop computers, laptop computers, flat screen monitors, printers and related equipment. Half of all proceeds from this program will be shared with Lunches for Learning to benefit L4L's core lunch program. ITAD Technologies, located in Norcross, Georgia, is an IT Asset Disposal/Electronic Recycler focused on the enterprise (business) client.

This opportunity is currently available for businesses located in the metro Atlanta area.

If your company has a closet, storage room or cubicles full of decommissioned or unused IT equipment, and you are looking for a secure and environmentally-friendly way to get rid of these items, this could be the ideal solution. ITAD Technologies will not only take these useless items off your hands, but will also recondition all components which are able to be re-sold and 50% of the proceeds from all sales go directly to Lunches for Learning. Even the older components that are too outdated to be reconditioned can be scrapped, which also adds to the proceeds ITAD Technologies will share with Lunches for Learning.

As an IT Asset Disposal/Electronic Recycler, ITAD Technologies maintains two related business channels:
  • Refurbishing equipment for resale
  • Scrapping non-working and older technology for basic scrap value
For equipment collected through this new partnership, ITAD Technologies will refurbish all components eligible for re-sale and a full 50% of the proceeds of all sales will go to Lunches for Learning. Funds received by Lunches for Learning through this partnership will benefit our core lunch program.

The process is actually as simple as contacting either of the following individuals to learn more:
Andrew Armour
ITAD Technologies
770-335-5290
aarmour@itadtech.com
  Phil Dodson
Lunches for Learning
678-397-1624
phil.dodson@lunchesforlearning.org

When you call or email, be sure to reference "Lunches for Learning" in your communication. ITAD Technologies will work with your company to arrange a convenient time to pick-up your unused equipment. You can also visit the ITAD Technologies website to submit an online E-Cycling Request. Be sure to reference "Lunches for Learning" on the online request form as well.
 
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