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Wednesday, Oct 20, 2021

Activist wants breakfast & lunch programme in public schools

Activist wants breakfast & lunch programme in public schools

Outspoken local resident Kishma V.S. Penn wants the Virgin Islands Government to implement a breakfast and lunch programme in public schools to assist struggling families.

She said on the June 8, 2021, edition of Cut Deep, a show hosted by controversial host Rosemary Cindy Rosan-Jones, that this was one of her solutions to the high cost of living problem in the territory.

"If the Government were to put in the 27 public primary schools and three public high schools a breakfast and lunch programme that is two less meals that single parents or even a nuclear family struggling to make ends meet has to buy. When you only have to buy dinner for your child and feed them on weekends, you know how many less groceries you have to buy?" she said.

Parents, in the meantime, could utilise their food better, she explained.

"The pot you cook the night before is your leftovers for you, so you could go to work with that. You ain't worrying about the child eating during the day because it is provided for."

According to Kishma V.S. Penn said the breakfast and lunch programme would also provide a platform for emerging chefs and to feed the children healthier meals.


Training Avenue


Penn said the programme would also provide a platform for emerging chefs and to feed the children healthier meals.

"It's an avenue for jobs; it's a training ground for our chefs, it's a way in which to build, to give our chefs training experience so they could transition into hotel, restaurant management. It is a way in which to correct the obesity problem because the children them fat, sorry to say. Not only are they morbidly obese, which means you have a generation that is sick and dying before they even reach their prime. These things need to be corrected."

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