We want to help give children the best chance at reaching their full potential
What We Do
As many as 20% of school age children in the Turks and Caicos Islands are not having breakfast before school. This affects their mental and physical development, their concentration and ultimately their overall academic performance and future earning potential
There are currently about 4,000 children attending public schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Our Breakfast Programme, which provides free breakfast every school day to all the students at the schools in North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay. There are approximately 200 children in these schools. We also have our Food Bank Programme that operates in the remaining public schools, which you can read about below.
With the start of the Breakfast Programme in September 2016 the teachers quickly reported that they saw an improvement in the students’ attention, focus and attendance. The menu was designed to provide these young students with a nutritious and balanced breakfast so they are able to make the most of their morning classes.
- Vitamin D enriched whole milk daily
- Fresh fruit daily
- Porridge with raisins twice a week
- Whole-grain cereal with milk once a week
- Grits with an egg once a week
- Natural peanut butter sandwich with whole wheat bread once a week
Join our Food Bank
Due to the success of our Breakfast Programme Food for Thought has expanded its reach by including Breakfast Boxes that will provide breakfast items to the ten government schools not currently receiving our daily breakfast.
We will subsidise the Breakfast Boxes to provide enough for just 20 children at each school so we ask the community to help fill the boxes by donating items from our shopping list below.
Preferred Shopping List
(Approved by Grace Bay Integrative Medical Centre)
- Nut/grain bar
- Peanut butter (Smuckers Natural preferred)
- Instant oatmeal
- Instant grits
- Wholegrain cereal
- Dried fruit
- Fruit/nut trail mix
- Long life milk (chocolate milk accepted)
Drop off your donations at the following locations:
- Savory & Co., in Regent Village
- Quality supermarket, next to the hospital
- Graceway Sports Centre, behind IGA
- Sharkbite Bar & Grill, Turtle Cove
- Bark + Bliss, Neptune Plaza, Grace Bay
- BCQS at Saltmills, Grace Bay
- West Indie, Regent Village, Grace Bay
Why We Need Your Help
The latest Turks & Caicos Islands Poverty Assessment Survey in 2012 showed that 16% of households live in poverty. Households with children accounted for over half of those poor households.
It also showed that 60% of households have problems paying for at least one essential household expense, including food.
Many families simply cannot afford to provide proper nourishment for their children. Not only is the earning potential of children likely to be hindered due to the difficulty to learn if not properly nourished, but the cost of loss of production to the economy is substantial.
It is our obligation as a community to ensure no child goes without breakfast and is able to learn and develop.
Here are some statistics from Unicef in 2013:
- Well nourished children are 13% more likely to be in the correct grade at school, boosting lifelong skills
- Malnourished children are 19% less likely to be able to read a simple sentence aged 8, and 12% less likely to be able to write a simple sentence
- Children who are malnourished go on to earn 20% less as adults than the children who are well nourished. However, there is some evidence that the difference could be even larger , one study has estimated this earning deficit for malnourished children at 66%
- Malnutrition perpetuates poverty by reducing the potential of individuals to lift themselves out of poverty. Good health and jobs break the cycle of poverty and ensure that every child gets a chance to thrive
- Estimates suggest that in low- and middle-income countries, the impact of malnutrition could decrease GDP by between 2% and 11%.