School attendance in rural areas is considerably lower than their urban counterparts. Although a majority of the students suffer from malnutrition, most schools simply cannot afford to fund a feeding program. Government funded feeding programs currently exist in some schools, but it can take years to receive approval for a program. Due to budget constraints, it is highly unlikely that aid will be available to all schools to address this problem. After speaking with the teachers and other school officials that serve in these rural poverty-stricken communities, the lack of a feeding program was identified as the largest reason why parents don’t send their school-age kids to school.
This is where we have the incredible opportunity to step in and help.
Research shows that the drop out rate of 1st-3rd graders in schools with a feeding program decreased dramatically and overall attendance improved by as much as 85% in schools with a feeding program in place. To implement the program, an overseer is appointed (someone who is already on staff at the school), and they purchase the food, provide receipts, and pictures of the food being made and served to the students.
Our pilot feeding program with Moraza Elementary School is a giant stepping stone for us as an organization. We would love for you to be a part of changing the lives of the children and families in this rural community.
A feeding program like the one we are funding is fairly basic, providing a nutritional daily breakfast. Students were assessed by signs of obvious malnutrition, sporadic attendance, or based on firsthand knowledge of their home situation. In the case of Moraza Elementary, the entire student population falls into one or all of these categories.
The cost to provide one meal for one child during the course of the school year:
We are hosting an amazing charity event on November 3, 2018 and we would love for you to be a part. Bring out the whole family and support us at our first annual 5K Fun Run!