Honduras: National President Inaugurates School Feeding Programme 2014

PIMIENTA - Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández was present for the launching of WFP’s School Feeding Programme last Thursday in Pimienta, Cortes. It is estimated that more than one million four hundred thousand children regionally will benefit from the programme this year.

President Hernández together with WFP Representative to Honduras, Pasqualina Di Sirio, the Minister of Education, Marlon Escoto, Minister of Social Development, Lisandro Rosales, Minister of Health, Yolany Batres and other local authorities launched the 2014 WFP School Feeding Programme in the municipality of Pimienta located in the Department of Cortes. In this town alone the school feeding programmes will benefit some 3,226 children.  
During the event, President Hernández reinforced his dedication to increase nutritional health and calorie intake amongst the youth during his term.  This being the case, eggs and fortified tortillas has been added to school meals, accompanying the typically included beans, soybean flour, rice and vegetable oil.    
The Minister of Development explained the importance of efficiency in the distribution of food for the school feeding programmes. And how purchasing supplies from local smallholders not only is efficient but also boosts and strengthens the local economy.  
The newly added components to the school meals ensure that children are getting added protein, folic acid, and vitamins B1, B6 and B12 which aids in psychomotor development and provides energy.
Out of the 1,497 schools located in the Cortes Department, 1,215 of them are participating in WFP’s School Feeding Programme. This translates into a total of 201, 271 student beneficiaries in this department alone.