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Children repeat meals up to 5 times a day and enjoy skyrockets

The school lunch kitchens in Bauru are working at full speed

The country’s economic crisis, which has pushed up the prices of basic food basket products, could explain the significant increase in food intake from school meals distributed in the municipal school system. According to the Bauru Education Department, by the end of 2021 the stock was enough to serve the entire network for three months, now it is only enough for 30 days, when children repeat school meals served even to the municipal public. Bauru up to five times in the same day.

The incident was described by Councilor Chiara Ranieri (União Brasil) as compensation for the children’s lack of food in their homes. So, the Member of Parliament, who is also the chairman of the Chamber’s Education and Social Assistance Committee, called for a public hearing to find an alternative to the hunger problem facing families in Bauru.

The change in food costs has been confirmed by the Department of Education’s School Feeding Department and has already led to the implementation of some measures, such as starters (milk, cookies, bread and fruit), which increase the number of daily meals given to full-time students to three.

Considering the possibility of babies not being fed properly over the weekend, more complete menus are being offered on Mondays and Fridays, which will explain the huge demand for snacks these days.

Worrying

The data, considered alarming by Councilor Chiara Ranieri, prompted the MP to call a public hearing on June 22, when other ways to contribute to the needy families in the famine-stricken Bauru should be discussed.

The idea is to find and define direct measures by the municipal government that can address the problem.

According to a document titled ‘Fighting Hunger: You Can’t Wait’, Education Secretary Maria do Carmo Kobayashi has been sent to the school food department, serving about 65,000 students a day in municipal and state schools, including Bauru. Approved day care centers and special education. Students from nursery, from 4 months of age, are served youth and adult education (Ceja). As of May 2022, 4,319,820 meals were served in school units.

According to the agency, food demand has been on the rise since returning to face-to-face classes in November 2021. “Trucks that transport food leave warehouses to deliver food to school units, and they even leave extra trucks, such as food,” the document says.

600 out of school

For Chiara Ranieri, there is a need to combine local efforts to support children, through projects extended to their families, since at the state and federal level, according to her, no new programs have emerged for this purpose. “We need to discuss food fortification in schools, but also food insecurity. We need to address both issues together. We need to think of something that will ensure that these children have nutritional quality over the weekend,” he thought.

The proposal studied by the councilor is to implement a program that is not only limited to education, but also a permanent government program aimed at ensuring child nutrition. Even those who are out of school due to lack of space are considered, which is currently, according to Chiara, more than 600. “If one of your children eats at school, there are others at home who eat what they have. We have to do it. Institutionalize the strengthening of lunch. Are the children going on vacation and what will happen to them?” “It’s not just food. We can’t do that. Look, the kids are starving and they have nothing,” he concluded.

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