PHILIPSBURG:--- On Friday, September 1st, 2023, board members of the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset signed its fifth memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the breakfast program at the Marie Genevieve de Weever School in an effort to tackle ongoing concern of child hunger within the schools.
The breakfast program caters to providing a daily breakfast for over 50+ students in need. The official memorandum of understanding indicates that the club will provide $200 worth of breakfast items each month for the school year 2023-2024.
Proper nutrition among our youth is essential to ensure healthy growth, proper function proper organ formation and function, a strong immune system, and neurological and cognitive development. Child malnutrition is known to have an adverse effect on the cognitive function of children and despite global efforts to combat child hunger, it remains rampant in many undeveloped and developing countries. Under nutrition often leaves children vulnerable to numerous illnesses and diseases.
Secretary/ President Elect Franklyn Salomons stated, “Being healthy and well fed is an integral part of a child’s development. We, as the Rotary Club of St. Martin Sunset are happy to be able to contribute to ensuring the students at this school can meet their nutritional needs. With a balanced nutritional need, students will be able to focus better and be successful in their educational pursuits and development.”