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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.


* Due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria our Breakfast and Food Bank Programmes are going to be altered a little for the coming months. The South Caicos Primary school is currently within the Food Bank Programme since its facilities are damaged. The schools in the Food Bank Programme are receiving individually packaged granola bars and milk since they have limited kitchen facilities. Unfortunately this is more expensive than our usual programme so any donations are very much appreciated.



Daily Breakfast


There are currently over 2,000 children attending public primary schools in the Turks & Caicos Islands. Food for Thought provides free breakfast every school day to approximately 300 children in North Caicos, Middle Caicos, South Caicos and Salt Cay.

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)
  • • Crackers
  • • 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
 
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%.