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We aim to provide students with a self-sustaining and nutritious meal a day, so that they may learn effectively and become less vulnerable to diseases due to lack of nutrition.

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This project is working with a local school to enable the school to provide self-sustaining meals to students. We train the local community members that work at the school in crop management and in health and nutrition so they become the local experts to ensure their students get a healthy meal that keeps the students’ brain active and the catering costs down as the products are grown at the school.

Island life is very laid-back but can also be tough with such limited resources from the mainland. The cost of food and equipment to provide a good school meal is rising. To equip a school canteen with cooking equipment and to help produce a healthy and well-balanced lunchtime meal is a challenge for the community. In 2016 a cyclone also wiped out many of the resources and these have not been replaced due to the cost involved.

It is important that we work to provide a sustainable method of feeding the school children as well as educating the local community in healthy eating. This project is growing a selection of vegetable that will add extra nutrients to the lunchtime menu and help to keep the costs low. We will also be creating and teaching a community mothers club to run an efficient and cost-effective school canteen.

In homes where students do not have access to healthy foods, schools should be a place where students can count on eating healthfully. Eating habits are established early, and eating healthily is a life skill. But it’s not just about avoiding heart disease and type 2 diabetes in the future; it’s about ensuring that children are healthy now. Healthy food equals better health, better grades, and better behaviour.

This project is working with a local school to enable the school to provide self-sustaining meals to students. We train the local community members that work at the school in crop management and in health and nutrition so they become the local experts to ensure their students get a healthy meal that keeps the students’ brain active and the catering costs down as the products are grown at the school.

Island life is very laid-back but can also be tough with such limited resources from the mainland. The cost of food and equipment to provide a good school meal is rising. To equip a school canteen with cooking equipment and to help produce a healthy and well-balanced lunchtime meal is a challenge for the community. In 2016 a cyclone also wiped out many of the resources and these have not been replaced due to the cost involved.

It is important that we work to provide a sustainable method of feeding the school children as well as educating the local community in healthy eating. This project is growing a selection of vegetable that will add extra nutrients to the lunchtime menu and help to keep the costs low. We will also be creating and teaching a community mothers club to run an efficient and cost-effective school canteen.

In homes where students do not have access to healthy foods, schools should be a place where students can count on eating healthfully. Eating habits are established early, and eating healthily is a life skill. But it’s not just about avoiding heart disease and type 2 diabetes in the future; it’s about ensuring that children are healthy now. Healthy food equals better health, better grades, and better behaviour.

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