Programs Try to End Food Poverty in Nicaragua

A volunteer project, ‘Eat United Nicaragua’ and a government-run program, “Programa Nacional de Alimentación Escolar” (National School meal program), are finding ways to end food poverty in Nicaragua.

The ‘Eat United Nicaragua’ is a community project founded by a former University of Bristol student, Katie Alesbury. Its initiative is to:

Combat food poverty and malnutrition among the most vulnerable people in Managua, Nicaragua, by collecting and cooking food that would otherwise go to waste.

Whilst volunteering in Nicaragua Katie was shocked by the amount of edible food that was thrown away at the end of the day, especially in a community where many are underfed and undernourished.

Similar to Katie’s ‘Eat United Nicaragua’ program, the Ministry of Education (MINED) with the help of The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nicaragua started a “Programa Nacional de Alimentación Escolar” (National School meal program):

“This program forms part of the government’s efforts in order to improve food security of Nicaraguan children and is internationally recognized for the level of organization among communities, families and schools,” expressed Minister of Education, Miriam Raudez.

Nicaragua is a low-income food deficit country where 23% of the children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic undernutrition. Both the ‘Eat United Nicaragua’ and the “Programa Nacional de Alimentación Escolar” intend to lower that number.

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