Learning enhanced through nutrition

2016-05-25 06:00
At the launch of The Domino Foundation feeding programme (from left) Cathy Whittle (feeding programme leader), Tarin Stevenson (donor relationship manager), Shaun Tait (COO), Cheryl Dann (Toti Kitchen Co-ordinator), Richard Mun-Gavin (CEO), Pastor Greg McKinnon (KCI), Sifiso Hlongwa (The Domino Foundation: Lifeskills Programme) and Cliff Dunn (KCI).               Photo: tania sandberg

At the launch of The Domino Foundation feeding programme (from left) Cathy Whittle (feeding programme leader), Tarin Stevenson (donor relationship manager), Shaun Tait (COO), Cheryl Dann (Toti Kitchen Co-ordinator), Richard Mun-Gavin (CEO), Pastor Greg McKinnon (KCI), Sifiso Hlongwa (The Domino Foundation: Lifeskills Programme) and Cliff Dunn (KCI). Photo: tania sandberg

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KINGSWAY Church Inter- national­ (KCI) has partnered with The Domino­ Foundation, a non-profit organisation, to initiate a school feeding scheme for vulnerable children on the South Coast.

“The idea behind the initiative is to assist children who do not receive a packed lunch and come to school with empty tummies.
“We want to focus on good nutrition so that these vulnerable children are able to concentrate in class and learn, as well as have a healthy nutritious lunch,” said Cheryl Dann, a member of Kingsway Church International (KCI) and the Toti kitchen co-ordinator for The Domino Foundation.

“One of the key objectives of The Domino Foundation Feeding programme is to enhance learning through meeting children’s physical needs for health and balanced nutrition.
“We are excited to partner with Kingsway Church International in the South Coast area and align our visions through feeding,” said Shaun Tait, The Domino Foundation COO.
The church approached local schools and having identified a need, started to make sandwiches at the church office from the beginning of the school term in April.
Currently 15 volunteers­ from KCI are taking turns to make sandwiches each day for two local schools.

Through corporate and individual donations, items such as eggs, margarine and bread are donated to The Domino Foundation to use in the Toti feeding kitchen. KCI church members also contribute peanut butter, mayonnaise, apples and yoghurt for the project.
One of the schools that receive sandwiches from the scheme also collects­ peanut butter and mayonnaise­ to contribute towards the programme.

Dann and her team at KCI are hoping to build up and expand their distribution that currently supplies approximately 30 sandwiches to each of the participating schools daily during the week.

“We go where a need has been identified and we have been approached by a school in Lower Illovo to supply sandwiches to their 301 matric pupils, who attend extra lessons in the afternoons.
“We aim to start supplying sandwiches twice a week,” Dann said.

She said the church kitchen will need an upgrade as it is small and would require additional volunteers to make the required amount of sandwiches.
Further donations of peanut butter, mayonnaise and margarine are also needed and the community is asked to get involved, which she says, is just the tip of the iceberg.

Businesses and individuals who want to assist, must contact Dann at the church office on 031 903 8331 or email feedingtoti@domino.org.za
The Domino Foundation offers a range of innovative solutions for meaningful CSI spend and is able to provide all documentation required for B-BBEE and tax exemption purposes.

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