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MEDIA RELEASE: Wednesday 1 February 2017

There is such a thing as a free lunch

Pump and Eat My Lunch make going back to school brighter for Kiwi kids

The first day back to school means packed lunches are on the menu for many children across the country, but for those whose lunchboxes are empty, Eat My Lunch is coming to the table with help from Pump as part of a new partnership.

All lunches provided to schools through Eat My Lunch will include a free Pump mini water once a week to help keep Kiwi kids hydrated and focused throughout their day.

In celebration of the new partnership Eat My Lunch founder Lisa King joined Coca-Cola Amatil’s senior executive Wendy Rayner and other team members from the company in giving out lunches and sharing lunchtime with the students of Te Papapa School on Wednesday 1 February.

“We are always looking for ways to give back to the community and in ways that would directly benefit Kiwi families. This partnership with Eat My Lunch has enabled us to make a tangible social impact and it’s a cause that is close to our hearts,” Rayner said.

“Eat My Lunch is such a powerful initiative and we’re so glad to have the opportunity to help lunches that go a little bit further with the addition of Pump mini for students at all 38 schools enrolled in the programme.”

Children who take part in the Eat My Lunch initiative at Te Papapa School in the Auckland suburb of Onehunga will receive lunches for an entire year thanks to an additional partnership with Pump via the ‘Give Two’ Eat My Lunch option.

“Keeping kids fed and well-hydrated while they’re at school plays a big part in helping them to stay motivated in the classroom. With the help of Pump we’re able to ensure these kids don’t go hungry or thirsty and have the best chance at learning and getting the most out of school,” Lisa says.

The partnership will last for three years and will see Pump provide free Pump mini bottled water to Eat My Lunch schools throughout Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington once a week, with a focus on refilling to promote reuse and recycling.

Eat My Lunch is a social enterprise where customers can Buy one lunch for themselves, while at the same time give one to a Kiwi school kid. They also have the option to ‘Give Two’ lunches rather than purchasing one for themselves. Volunteers work to prepare the lunches in the Eat My Lunch kitchen before they are delivered to the 38 participating schools.

Members of the Pump team also joined volunteers in the Eat My Lunch kitchen on Wednesday 1 February to prepare sandwiches and pack lunches for the first day back at school.

-ENDS-

ABOUT COCA-COLA AMATIL NZ – Coca-Cola Amatil (NZ) Ltd is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of ready-to-drink beverages including non-alcohol and alcohol beverages, coffee and energy drinks in New Zealand. It produces an extensive portfolio of beverages on behalf of The Coca-Cola Company’s brands in New Zealand, Fiji and Samoa such as Coca-Cola, Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Fanta and POWERADE, to name a few. Pump and L&P are brands directly owned by Coca-Cola Amatil in New Zealand.

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand employs around 1,000 people throughout the country and indirectly creates thousands more jobs across the supply chain and with key suppliers. Having access to millions of consumers through more than 15,000 active customers, Coca-Cola Amatil is committed to leading through innovation, building a sustainable future and delivering long-term value to shareholders. For more information, visit https://www.ccamatil.co.nz.


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