Elementary school kids in Malawi normally get free meals at school; but, when the coronavirus pandemic struck in March, families were left with the added cost burden. The international charity which runs the feeding program has started distributing food in poor communities to help them cope with the crisis.
The youth receive hot maize or soya bean flour porridge to meet the nutrition needs of the students.
Bart Rombaut is the country director for Mary’s Meals in Malawi told:
“We normally work in around 1,116 primary schools in Malawi. And we have a focus on some special schools like children who are suffering from HIV/AIDS, and also disabled children, so those children receive special attention…So, approximately one million children in Malawi are covered by this action We decided to make ready-made food packages that the parents collect at schools and take home. We want to limit interactions between human beings and at the same time make sure that the individual child receives our nutritious meal.”
Local mother Lizinet Kanamule said her two children are benefiting from the school feeding program.
“This is helping us a lot, and because of this pandemic, things are not working. We are facing food shortages in our homes. So as a family the food stuffs we are receiving for our children are helping us because we are cooking porridge to cater to the whole family.”