Nourishing food comes for children of La Minita
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
On June 24, the 49th DIF (Municipal Department for Family Development) community kitchen was inaugurated at La Minita to benefit 70 students and the elderly.
Five years ago, the DIF system started helping the students of the La Minita primary school with a cold breakfast of dried fruit, cookies, marmalade and milk. Later, teacher Lourdes Capulín Arellano found out that DIF was providing hot breakfast in 48 community kitchens not just for students, but also for the elderly. She started the process to obtain this benefit for La Minita.
Karla Ramírez, president of DIF, said that this kitchen was installed in an existing construction at the school. DIF provided the equipment, including a stove, a refrigerator, ovens and cutlery, among the other necessities for operation. The kitchen opened with a ceremony. Children and the elderly were the special guests. Mothers of families, who will be responsible for the operation of this kitchen, also attended. Ramírez told them, “I want to congratulate the 22 mothers who work in the kitchen because they want to offer their children a better breakfast and also for their commitment.”
The 22 mothers responsible for running the kitchen follow a schedule designating who will cook and when and what the breakfast will be. The schedule also includes the names of those who will clean and those who will make the tortillas. This kind of activity, remarked the president, also brings a better integration of community members.
The basic items for cooking will be provided monthly by DIF. The mothers will also add complementary products that they harvest or that they can easily buy, including zucchini, tomatoes, nopale, green beans and chickpeas, among others. The community will also provide the fruit given to the children as dessert.
“I am very happy that the mothers want a decent place for their children to eat. The children will be healthier and stronger,” noted Ramírez.
“The food is delicious and nutritious,” said Beatriz, a student.