In response to the Centennial Service Challenge to Fight Hunger and Poverty, the Vieux-Fort Lions Club identified two schools in the district of Vieux-Fort which feature feeding programs for needy children: Pierrot Combined School in Pierrot and Augier Combined School in Augier.
School feeding programs are important both as a both as a social safety net for children living in poverty and food insecurity, and as part of the national educational policies and plans of the Government of St. Lucia; through the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, it has implemented a school feeding program in every primary school on the island. Such programs sharply reduce absenteeism of the children of parents who suffer economic hardships.
Thus, school feeding programs contribute to the academic success of at risk children.
The reduction or elimination of hunger allows the child an equal opportunity to focus on attaining academic excellence and enhancing other abilities.
At each school, students pay EC$1 for lunch on a daily basis, the balance of the cost of the meal being subsidized by the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour.
Students unable to make this payment are still accommodated by the Program.
The Lions Club of Vieux-Fort made a monetary donation to each school of cover the cost of the meals for one day so that the students were not required to make any contribution.
The visit to Pierrot Combined School occurred on Wednesday January 13, 2015, while the visit to Augier Combined was on Friday January 15, 2015. Each school feeding enrollment is approximately 100 students for a combined total of 200 students.
Lions in attendance spent several hours at the school during which time they assisted the staff in plating and distributing the meals to students.