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.
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.