The early childhood years are the most important time for overall development, according to the World Health Organisation. Brain growth and development is no exception. A pre-schooler’s nutrition contributes directly to his/her brain growth. A pre-schooler’s brain development affects their cognitive, social and emotional growth. Research has proven that pre-schoolers need protein, calcium and iron in their diet. Fat is essential in helping the body develop and function properly. One of the most important things for a pre-schooler’s brain growth is a diet that includes a variety of nutritious foods. The Trust, through donors currently sustains eight feeding schemes over and above the daily e’pap meal that the children receive. Approximately 400 children benefit daily from an additional balanced cooked lunch and snacks. The feeding schemes ensure that the children in the poorest of poor areas receive additional nutrition essential to normal physical and intellectual development.
Principals develop a weekly menu within a defined budget that is delivered to the Trust for review. Only then is the money released to the preschool for the week’s purchases. Trust employees conducting monthly site visits constantly check menus against what the children are eating at meal times. Efforts are constantly being made to extend this service to all our preschools. Please contact Nicky Goodall should you be interested in supporting a preschool’s feeding scheme.