meals and nutrition
Feed the Hungry San Miguel has built, furnished, and operates kitchens attached to primary schools in 26 communities in the San Miguel de Allende municipality.
Twenty-four of them are in rural villages, while two are located in marginal urban areas. Cooks are hired from within 22 of these communities and paid a year round salary and benefits, while in the remaining four kitchens the cooking and serving is done by a small group of mothers who volunteer. Both salaried and volunteer cooks receive recurrent training and oversight from staff supervisors who visit the kitchens each week. The meals program director and staff nutritionist also visit each kitchen periodically to assure that the highest standards are maintained and problems are solved quickly.
Fresh produce and dry goods are delivered on a weekly basis by a corps of volunteers. A staff nutritionist determines the nutritional and caloric needs of each school group and a trained chef develops recipes and menus accordingly. The varied menus are structured to present all of the food groups outlined on the “Plato del Bien Comer” and to fulfill 30% of the child’s daily caloric needs at each stage of their growth. The menu is changed seasonally to include locally grown fruit and vegetables.
A pre-school child requires 1000 -1200 calories a day
All of the balanced meals that are prepared in our
The plastic plates that we use help define the size of the portion adequate for each child’s needs, while also keeping flavors and textures separate on the plate.
Family Nutrition Education workshops help the Mothers use these basic Nutrition concepts while preparing family meals at home. Private consults offered by FTHSM to each Mother help define the amount of food necessary for each child, because each child has different needs which depend on their age, size, genetics, home life, level of physical activity, etc.
Feed the Hungry’s entire budget must be supported by gifts from donors like you, who care enough about the health and future of Mexico’s children.
ONE MILLION MEALS
Please help us provide even more nutritious school meals to the poorest of the poor. We aim to reach the one million meals mark in 2017!
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