First Presbyterian Church, C.A.R.E. and Rise Against Hunger are planning to send 4 containers with nourishing food to feed about 8,000 school students this year. These containers are provided with C.A.R.E.’s partnership with Rise Against Hunger (R.A.H.) and we need your help to deliver our free lunch program to remote areas in Southern Honduras of Choluteca and Valle in regions that are among the poorest in the country.
One container costs roughly $13,000 to ship and distribute. This is about $7.50 per child for a school year (200 meals annually). C.A.R.E. works with the mayors of these municipalities – and the mayors contribute $2.50 per child from their budgets. This leaves $8,000 to $10,000 that needs to be sourced from C.A.R.E. – or about $5.00 per student. For some students, this is the only meal they have daily.
With the Free School Lunch Program, students receive a fortified rice meal with essential vitamins and minerals necessary to combat malnutrition. With this meal – it has been proven to increase high school attendance, students show better focus and grades, community empowerment through organization and planning, and have committed teachers as a result of the students’ improvements and parents involvement.
It has been proposed by the Presbytery of Donegal to set aside a $10,000 matching grant designated to help churches contribute to this Free School Lunch Program.
The district of Choluteca remains one of the poorest in Southern Honduras. Around 60% of the population suffer from undernourishment. With the help of C.A.R.E. and R.A.H., the free lunch program has created a network of humanitarian leaders, teachers and parents committed to creating a better life for their children.
We also offer opportunities for churches to join one of our week-long mission trips and work in the very same schools we provide the free school lunch program. For more information on joining a trip, please visit our website carelief.org or contact Jenifer firstname.lastname@example.org.