Many of the children’s homes that we serve lack the funds to purchase fruits and vegetables. A normal lunch or dinner in a children’s home consists of rice, a tortilla, and eggs, beans, or ground beef. These foods are inexpensive and easy to make in the large quantities three times a day. As a result, the children’s diets lack essential vitamins and nutrients that are found in produce. However, the Shelter Child Sponsorship Program is enabling the children’s homes to begin to provide more balanced meals, supporting the growth, health, and development of the children. The children’s homes are now purchasing fruits and vegetables on a regular basis.
At Casa Hogar Del Norte, the children had grapes, watermelon, and a salad to go with their lunch. The children were especially excited to have fruit with their meal. They view it as being a special treat, since until recently, they rarely had it. The caretakers didn’t have to ask the children to eat their fruit. In fact, after finishing their portion, they were all asking for more!