Category Archives : School Lunch

Taste the World March 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered what your sponsored child eats in an average day? What does dinner look like for the families we serve? Today, you can experience it for yourself! Join us on a culinary adventure, as we share recipes with you from around the globe!

MATOOKE – UGANDA

To start things off, here’s an appetizer for you from Uganda. Matooke (pronounced muh-TOE-kay) is the staple food in Uganda. It’s made from a type of starchy banana that is similar to a plantain. “Matooke” can mean either the dish or the bananas it’s made from. This is a dish that’s hard to recreate in America, but we’ll give it a try! You’re unlikely to find matooke in your local grocery store, but many international markets carry plantains, which work well as a substitute.

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Hungry, embarrassed, exhausted, late February 13, 2019

Nerious is a lot like most 12-year-old girls you’ve met. She is full of life. She’s trying to figure out who she is, and what her place in the world is. She can be really shy, and easily embarrassed. Nerious loves a good story – her favorite subject is English. And she wants to be a doctor when she grows up.

But Nerious lives in Kenya and her family is poor.

That means her life is so much harder than most 12-year-olds’. You see, Nerious’ dad died (more…)

Faith Like a Child January 4, 2019

Salvador’s faith is one of the strongest you’ll ever see. But it’s even more amazing when you realize he is just six years old.

Salvador lives with his mother and sister in Mexico. His father, as Salvador puts it, “he is a bad man.” He does stop by to see them every once in a while, but he doesn’t do anything to help the family. Making ends meet, and taking care of the kids falls solely on his mother’s shoulders.

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Salvador and his mother Maria.

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A Hopeful Lunch August 24, 2018

The best part of six-year-old Valeria’s day is lunch break!

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A thief in the night March 27, 2018

15 year old Kenneth lives on a tiny farm outside Nakuru, Kenya with his mom and his sister. Looking at their little garden and small hut, you wouldn’t think there would be anything on their property worth stealing. So why is Kenneth terrified of thieves?

Kenneth sits in front of a black board wearing a slightly-worse-for-wear blue school uniform, but grinning at the camera.

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The Key to the Future: Lunch February 16, 2018

A close up shot of girl grinning confidently at the camera. She's wearing a school uniform and backpack, and her hair is done in multiple braids fastened with red and white barrettes.

We can’t wait to see what Solanie accomplishes!

Remember the name Solanie Monaise.

In another 15 years or so you might see it in news headlines. Today, Solanie is a young girl, but someday soon she could very well be one of the people leading Haiti. (more…)

What about Lunch? September 20, 2017

We’re growing! Over the past year, we’ve been hard at work expanding our school lunch program to help hungry kids succeed in school.

A boy holds a plate and smiles happily as someone fills it with beans. A crowd of children look on from behind him, waiting their turn.

A good lunch helps kids be successful in school!

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A boy named MyLove February 9, 2016

Imagine. You live in a country that is riddled with political unrest. Food is hard to come by and jobs are few and far between. People everywhere are dispirited and wear perpetual sadness on their faces – a sadness that betrays a hard life.

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Enter a boy named MyLove. Such an interesting name. Just saying it makes you smile. Just saying it makes you think the world can’t be all bad. That even in an unstable and fragile country like Haiti, there is hope.

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Beans, rice and friends August 12, 2015

“I love eating rice and beans, and I love coming to school because I will get a really good lunch,” says 6-year-old Quichama, juggling her little bowl and giggling with her friend.

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For many school children in Haiti, their parents simply can’t afford to provide them with adequate food. Then, when they come to school, they spend all day hungry, sleepy, and distracted from their schoolwork. This negative spiral is devastating to a child’s health as well as their academic success.

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Every school lunch has a story April 2, 2015

On school mornings, Elizabeth Wambui’s mother kneels next to her little girl’s mat and gently wakes her sleeping daughter. It is 5:00 a.m. and the house is cloaked in darkness. Still a bit drowsy, Elizabeth and her siblings dress, collect their school books, and prepare to head out. Elizabeth doesn’t like to be late, so she is usually herding everyone together so they can get to school on time.

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There is one thing they don’t grab on their way out – lunch. There is no bevy of brown bags being held by their mom at the door. She has nothing to press into their hands as she wishes them a good day at school. They scurry past her headed for the main road, but with no lunch, how will they have enough energy to pay attention in class?

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