International Ministries

Hot Meals for Children in Tijuana, Mexico

This project seeks to provide a hot, nutritious lunch to 100 students every school day for a year.

Goal: $25,200

About this Mission Project

The Baptist Grade School in Tijuana, Mexico, wants to address the need for better nutrition for its students. Extreme poverty means that children go to school on an empty stomach, and they don’t eat all day.

In 2014, the school was given a generous donation to build a kitchen in order to prepare hot, nutritious meals each school day. The meals are very low cost, with the ingredients bought in bulk, but unfortunately many children cannot afford even this small amount. As a result, they students eat cheap junk food while waiting for their parents to get home from work and prepare the evening meal.

Mission Project Specifics

This project seeks to provide a hot, nutritious lunch to 100 students every school day for a year. The purpose is to improve children’s nutrition to help them thrive and grow, and also to greatly increase their ability to learn.

This project will be managed by missionary Patti Long and by Martha Altamirano, director of the Baptist Grade School.

It is anticipated that, when the students are enabled to pay more attention in class and retain more of what they learn, they will be better able to complete their schooling. Education will give them a better chance to break free of the cycle of poverty.

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These children are not only enjoying a hot meal at the Baptist Grade School in Tijuana, they are also learning about the importance of good nutrition. Without this meal at school, supper at home might be the only time the children eat all day.