New Challenges, Generous Solutions for Feeding Rural Schoolchildren
By Donna Fullerton
Feed the Hungry San Miguel is currently serving close to 900,000 meals per year—4,650 every school day—with the addition of new kitchens in Don Diego and Ejido de Terrado.
Ghouls for Schools Halloween Gala
Mon, Oct 31, 5:30–10:30pm
El Cincuenta y Ocho Restaurant & Concert Bar
The kitchen at Don Diego Primaria opened on October 5, thanks to the generosity of a Founding Donor. This kitchen will provide 600 meals a day for 300 students. Two meals a day are now required for many of the schools supported by Feed the Hungry, due to extended school hours recently mandated by the government. Prior to the opening of the kitchen, Family Nutrition Educational workshops were conducted by Feed the Hungry’s staff nutritionist for 200 mothers of the children served.
A kitchen for Pedro Moreno Kinder in Ejido de Terrado, opened on September 19, presented a real challenge due to a lack of facilities necessary to guarantee a functional, hygienic kitchen. This kindergarten does not have water, electricity, or space for a kitchen; the school itself consists of two trailers for the 50 students.
At the July meeting of 100 Women Who Care, one of the candidates was Feed the Hungry. When it was announced what it would cost to build one more kitchen next to a school in a rural community, one member rose to say, “I’ll buy that kitchen.” Thanks to Founding Donors Jo and Geoff Kimbel, the project was launched!
Valentin Patlan, Feed the Hungry San Miguel’s head chef, has volunteered to run the Ejido de Terrado school kitchen from his home nearby. Chef Valentin’s wife will prepare food, and volunteer mothers will pick up the food, feed the children, and wash the dishes daily.
Patlan grew up in an impoverished San Miguel village and was a recipient of Feed the Hungry’s hot meals as a young school child. He is now a professionally trained chef responsible for ensuring that thousands of San Miguel’s school children and others enjoy healthy, nutritionally balanced hot meals every day of the school year.
Halloween Should Be Scary. Feeding Your Children Shouldn’t Be!
We hope you can join us for a devilishly good time at our Ghouls for Schools Halloween Gala
on October 31, 2016, starting at 5:30pm at El Cincuenta y Ocho Restaurant & Concert Bar at Mesones 58. For details, visit feedthehungrysma.org/events or see the ad in this issue of Atencion.
This benefit will help Feed the Hungry San Miguel ultimately meet the demands of two school meals a day versus just one, continue providing meals at 29 rural schools, and deliver foodstuffs for hundreds of orphans, children with disabilities, and elderly who are served by six local urban charities. Net proceeds from just one ticket to the event will provide 116 hot school-lunches for San Miguel’s poorest children.