International Servants has a program called “Feed-a-Child” where you can help pay for a young Belizians lunch for about $12 a month. The lunch is served on school days at one of many centers. The center we went to was attached to one of the local church buildings.
We arrived at the center before the kiddos did and congregated in the church sanctuary. When the kids arrived, they sat in the pews and waited for the director of the center to lead them in a worship service. Before worship service, they were all told to make sure they washed their hands before lunch. Everyone who works at the center is a Belizian volunteer. All the money that is designated for this program goes towards food – there is no administrative overhead.
After worship time, the children are moved into the dining room. You’ll notice in the above picture, that there is a mural on the wall. That mural is brand new. It was painted just the day before by two delightful young ladies: Cher and Opal. After completing this mural, they moved over to the sanctuary to paint a second mural.
The meals are pretty substantial. I ate with the older kids, who got a bowl of food. In the bowl was rice with beans, a piece of chicken, a couple of slices of plantains, and some coleslaw. It was actually quite good also. They also get a glass of juice.