Many rural kids go to school hungry, are malnourished, and drop out to find work. As of 2015 there were 264 million school age kids that are out of school (UNESCO).
Farmers in the developing world struggle to feed their kids. This is due to varying structural issues that go back to the country's colonized past, and the use of synthetic and crude-oil based chemicals which have made farmers no longer self sufficient and receive lower net profits.
In the Philippines, farmers especially struggle during the start of the rainy season, which is when farmers put everything they have into planting rice. At this time, farmers also no longer have their own inventory and are borrowing money to buy food for their families. Unfortunately, this also coincides with the start of school.
5¢ ARK LUNCH
vegetables and protein
served to ALL students
every day class is in session
fresh and organic
grown in the school garden
and parents’ backyards
*First half 2017 results
The ARK Lunch allows communities to secure their food, schooling and income for life in just three years.
BUYS FROM PARENTS
ARK creates a whole new economy that brings much needed income and a sustainable source of food for the community. As of the first half of 2017, the program bought 100% from community, nearly 90% from parents.
IS PAID FOR BY PARENTS
ARK creates a path for parents to integrate and sustain the program all on their own within three years.
The ARK Lunch inspires parents, teachers and the community to:
SOLVE AND WORK TOGETHER
INVEST IN THEMSELVES
create gardens, water sources
LUNCH COSTS 5¢
1/10th of the cost of the largest state-funded lunches in the world. How? PARENTS AND TEACHERS GIVE BIG.
Without their contribution, ARK lunch would be triple the cost.
to make the lunch
subsidized value of the lunch:
parents give produce and meat to the program
teachers volunteer to manage the program
ALONG WITH THE VILLAGE COUNCIL'S INVESTMENT,
AND PARENTS PAYING FOR THE LUNCH,
THIS GIVES UP TO 7X RETURN
for every dollar invested
*First half 2017 results
EVERYONE LOVES IT
For the first time,
kids are enjoying eating vegetables
parents are saving and earning new income
In the Philippines, parents save as much as P3,500 per kid/year and make over P87,000 of new income every year.
teachers have a chance to lead innovative projects, get recognized and promoted, and access ARK’s Scholarship Program
communities have new energy and life, and collaborate with partners from around the world on their dream projects