Hot Lunch Program

We partner with Stop Hunger Now to provide nutritionally balanced meals to each student every school day. Having worked with Stop Hunger Now for a number of years, the Partnership has helped fund 1300 meals a day for St. André’s students and staff. Beginning the evening before by soaking beans that are added to the SHN packets, a team of ten staff members prepares the day’s meal. The smell of woodsmoke and garlic signals the start of the cooks’ day at 4am. By 11:00, three stations have been set up around the school to begin feeding the children.

The students eat in their classrooms. For the older children, the process is chaotic as they dig through used plates and utensils at the serving stations for a spoon or fork. For the younger children who eat in their classrooms, lunchtime is more orderly because the cooks deliver the food to their rooms.  For some, it is the only meal of their day.

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Lower grade meal time

We know that ideally, our nutrition program would be most beneficial to the greater community of Haiti if we could locally source the meals. We have yet to find a reliable and nutritionally comparable local option. We are grateful to Stop Hunger Now for helping us meet the nutritional needs of our students.

 

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Meal nutrition facts

 

 

2 Comments on “Hot Lunch Program

  1. I like this program. Thank you for helping these kids with food. most the time they go to school with out any food, and they cannot focus on any subject. The only sugession I have it will be good if we can help these kids with a long term food security wich is teaching them how to produce the local foo so tha they won’t need to depend on food donation all the time. Ginving them a meal daily it is not sustainable.Thank you very much.

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    • You are absolutely correct. The answer is to provide opportunity to grow ones own food. However, our focus has always been on primary and secondary education. We have not been able to raise funds beyond this goal as the school is constantly growing, we now have 1200 students. If there were farmers who could coordinate to provide the food for our school, we could buy the food for lunches locally. This is better than buying from a US ngo. However, we have not found such a resource in Haiti. Progress is slow but we see it happening and we pray for better opportunities for all the families in Haiti. Until then, we do what we can to prepare the children to be educated leaders in the future.

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