Saturday 18 September 2021

School Lunch Rooms ‘Save’ Poor Families During The Holidays

Paying the bills

Latest

What are we celebrating?

QCOSTARICA - From the gallows humor department is the...

Sala IV rejects covid patient’s claim for Caja to pay the cost of a private hospital

QCOSTARICA - A claim made by a family against...

Finally, migrant population in Costa Rica will be vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - After complaints raised by migrants because they...

Costa Rica is the Main Exporter of Palm Oil in 2020

QCOSTARICA - In 2020, Costa Rica was the largest...

Uruguay considers allowing tourists to buy marijuana

Q24N - The first country in the world to...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction September 18: “ODD” ending plates CANNOT circulate

QCOSTARICA - Starting today, September 18, we go back...

500 Intel drones illuminated the night of celebration of the Bicentennial of Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - During the celebration of the Bicentennial of...
Paying the bills

Share

Ministry of Education is keeping lunch rooms at public schools during the school break, from December to February
Ministry of Education is keeping lunch rooms at 121 public schools during the school break, from December to February

QCOSTARICA – The decision by the Ministry of Education (Ministerio de Educación Pública – MEP) to keep the school lunch rooms open between the school year ensures that some 41,226 primary and secondary school students get at least one good meal a day.

For some the only meal of the day.

- Advertisement -

At an investment of ¢731 million colones (US$1.4 million dollars), covered by the MEP budget, the program allows the lunch rooms at 121 schools to stay open between December 10 and February 5, 2016. (The school year in Costa Rica is from February to December).

Talking to La Nacion, Maritza Amador says the keeping the lunch room open is a blessing. “I save three meals a day, so that I don’t have to ask for credit. I have been able to reduce my debt at the pulpe (pulperia or corner store),” said the mother of three.

Shileydi Tercero, the kitchen coordinator at the La Carpio school says that of the 300 children enrolled for the meals, more than 200 a day receive them.

“I did not think that so many children would come to eat during vacation. There are little ones that we know this is their only mean of the day; what we do is fill their plates so they go home full. Other children ask for seconds; we never deny a second plate. They come very hungry,” said Tercero.

María Auxiliadora Lacayo is another mother, also in La Carpio, who has not missed a day since the local kindergarten opened the lunch room.

The savings, says Lacayo is six meals a day, allowing the humble family to save for a proper dinner.

- Advertisement -

“The household finances have not gone so well; I receive about ¢100,000 colones (US$190) to feed a house of eleven, including my sister and her husband, who barely make enough to live on. Many times all we have for breakfast is a baguette, split between all of them (…),” relates Lacayo.

For this woman, buying a piece of meat, chicken or beef, is impossible. Last year she did not have the burden of providing meals for her children during the schoole break, they went to visit their dad. But this year, he is not close. And has lost his job.

“I’m worried because he lost his job and don’t think he can send me alimony in the coming months,” said Lacayo.

“The children are very grateful for the food. They are happy here,” said Tercero.

- Advertisement -

Source: La Nacion

- Advertisement -
Paying the bills
Ricohttp://www.theqmedia.com
"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

What are we celebrating?

QCOSTARICA - From the gallows humor department is the following meme...

Subscribe to our stories

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.