You are what you eat. In Mexico, 14 million children under 10 years old live in low-income marginalized communities suffering from issues with food insecurity, malnutrition, and obesity. For over 20 years, Fundacion Nutriendo in San Luis Potosi, Mexico has served 1,800 breakfasts daily to combat malnutrition where affordability of food is a constant concern in low-income communities. To improve children's development we provide meals with monthly medical, dental, and nutritionist visits.
The main problem is malnutrition in Mexico and the effects that this causes in our children: 85% of the brain develops from 0 - 5 years. The main factors that could impede the full development of the brain are: poor nutrition, lack of stimulation, and lack of affection. This situation of vulnerability in which our children find themselves is aggravated by the lack of a strong sense of community that causes feelings of rejection and hopelessness for our unfortunate children.
In the short term, our goal is to continue to serve 3 kindergarten that would have a fruitful impact on more than 440 children. Mothers from the community will help serve breakfasts, and commit to the program to learn hygiene habits and nutritious recipes through parent workshops. We will also perform medical evaluations along with pediatric follow-ups for children who have health problems, which will enable us to start a collaborative effort focused on the welfare of the community.
Fundacion Nutriendo will provide nutritious breakfasts daily to 440 children.Our goals: an increase in the academic level of the children, a decrease in dropouts, a decrease in diseases rate.Through our workshops, parents will continue to be committed to the education, health, and well-being of their children. Furthermore, in pursuit of our goal to continue to improve low-income communities, will foster the community to improve their pre-school installations that will aid childhood development.