School Feeding Program
At Trees That Feed, we understand that by caring for children, we are taking care of our future. Young children need lots of nutritious food to grow up big and healthy, and breadfruit is a highly nutritious food that can help the development of young children.
One of the best and highest uses for breadfruit (and other foods) is feeding schoolchildren. We hear stories of bright, eager kids showing up for school with no breakfast, maybe only a cup of herb tea. They don’t learn much with a hungry tummy!
Mary McLaughlin, chair of TTFF, has worked with several chefs to develop a tasty breadfruit porridge, or hot cereal. The main ingredient is breadfruit flour, and there is also cornmeal and coconut milk. The porridge is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, tasty and nutritious breakfast. It comes in powder form, ready to be cooked (just 5 or 10 minutes) and served. A one-pound package can serve 15 hungry children in a basic school.
The kids love the porridge, and the pictures prove it! The bowls are practically licked clean.
The current program is feeding over 20 schools and orphanages in Haiti. Currently TTFF is providing the funding, with support from local Rotary clubs. As funding grows and capacity improves, we see this program expanding tremendously.
We also provide training on how to make meals using breadfruit. In the photo above a women is learning how to make breadfruit breads using breadfruit flour.