Feeding kids for a better future

2018-10-30 06:02
Some of the pupils at the event.

Some of the pupils at the event.

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WORLD Food Day (WFD) on October 16 was established by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation’s member countries at the organisation’s 20th general conference in November 1979. It has since been observed every year in more than 150 countries, raising awareness of the issues behind poverty and hunger.

The Zero2Five Trust, formerly Futurelife Foundation and closely affiliated to the Futurelife brand, forms part of this mission to alleviate hunger and malnutrition among South African school children.

Its large-scale nutrition programme at Early Childhood Development Centres and quintile one and two primary schools in KZN serves 250 000 Futurelife breakfasts every month, aiming to reach the estimated 27% of children under the age of five in KZN who are suffering from malnutrition.

For World Food Day 2018, it partnered with Hillcrest business The Juice Kitchen.

The 425 pupils were served a Futurelife oats breakfast first, after which they were each given an orange by The Juice Kitchen owner Tamara Ogilby.

“This is the ideal start of the academic day for children from marginalised communities who often arrive at school with an empty tummy” said Zero2Five Trust CEO Julika Falconer, “to receive a highly nutritious, low GI breakfast on arrival at school, a fruit for break and a the cooked lunch from the National School Nutrition Programme later in the day.

“The sad reality is that the NSNP government funding allocated per child per meal at these quintile one and two schools is only enough to cover the cooked lunch.”

The Zero2Five Trust also donated 425 recycled Uzwelo School Bags which were made by members of job creation projects and two new playgrounds to the 425 Lamula Primary School pupils. — Supplied.

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