The Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited, (LUCELEC), on Wednesday, September 23, 2015, officially presented the School Feeding Programme Project at the Vieux-Fort Primary School.
The School Feeding Programme Project is part of the action plan of Saint Lucia’s Food and Nutrition Policy.
It is is being spearheaded by the Ministries of Agriculture, Education, Health and Social Transformation with support from the Government of Brazil and corporate sponsors like LUCELEC.
The School Feeding Programme Project is also part of St. Lucia’s response to the “Zero Hunger Challenge” made by the Secretary General of the United Nations, which was formally launched in Saint Lucia on Monday, November 3, 2014.
The LUCELEC Trust Company Inc. made a commitment to the Government of Saint Lucia to participate in the Strengthening of the School Feeding Programme Pilot Project on Monday November 3, 2014.
At the time of the launch, LUCELEC committed $18,000 towards the establishment of a school garden at the Vieux-Fort Primary School.
That money was spent on the preparation of the garden plot and construction of a greenhouse at the school.
In addition, an irrigation system has been installed.
The scope of work also includes a water tank, guttering and rain water harvesting equipment.
This year the Board of the LUCELEC Trust Company Inc. committed an additional $48,000 to the primary school to upgrade the kitchen to improve the conditions under which the food will be prepared.
The additional funds went towards replacing the ceiling, cupboards, doors and windows of the existing kitchen.
The work also included improving the layout of the kitchen to facilitate food preparation, cooking and feeding students.
The school has also been provided with new appliances – two stoves, one refrigerator and a chest freezer.
The LUCELEC Trust Company was established in October 2005 as part of the observance of the company’s 40th anniversary in July 2004.
Its mandate is to handle all donation (non-profit) requests to LUCELEC.
Since its establishment, the LUCELEC Trust has donated just under four million dollars to a number of projects.