The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The LUCELEC Trust Company Inc. - the phil­an­thropic arm of the St. Lu­cia Elec­tric­ity Ser­vices Limited (LUCELEC) - has signed a Let­ter of Com­mit­ment with the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia to part­ner on a pi­lot project aimed at strength­en­ing the School Feed­ing Pro­gramme.

Thir­teen pri­mary schools across the is­land have been cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate in the ini­tia­tive to in­clude the up­grade of school kitchen fa­cil­i­ties where nec­es­sary and the es­tab­lish­ment of school gar­dens us­ing green­house and ir­ri­ga­tion tech­nolo­gies. The in­tent is to in­cor­po­rate the food grown in the gar­dens into each School Feed­ing Pro­gramme.

The LUCELEC Trust is con­tribut­ing $18,000 to the pro­gramme. The fund­ing will es­tab­lish a school gar­den at the Vieux Fort Pri­mary School.

LUCELEC Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager Roger Joseph made the com­mit­ment and pre­sented the cheque on be­half of the LUCELEC Trust. He says support of the School Feed­ing Pro­gramme ties into one of the ma­jor goals for the Trust and is in many ways plant­ing a seed that will bear fruit of many kinds in the fu­ture.

“There are many com­mend­able fea­tures of this project. But what ap­peals to us is the op­por­tu­nity to in­cul­cate a love of sus­tain­able farm­ing and the prac­tice of it in our young peo­ple. Be­cause per­haps this may spark the revo­lu­tion in farm­ing that we so desperately need as a coun­try. Per­haps, just per­haps, we may be grow­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of farm­ers who will grow the food that they eat, and the coun­try eats. And we may fi­nally solve not just our food im­port bill prob­lem in the near fu­ture, but also some of the diet re­lated health is­sues that we are cur­rently bat­tling with, and that we will con­tinue to bat­tle with in the fu­ture, if we do not change our eat­ing habits,” he com­mented.

The project is part of St. Lu­cia’s re­sponse to the “Zero Hunger Chal­lenge” made by the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the United Na­tions which was for­mally launched here on Mon­day.

LUCELEC Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager Roger Joseph (left) pre­sent­ing the LUCELEC Trust $18,000 con­tri­bu­tion to the revamped School Feed­ing

Pro­gramme to rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Vieux Fort Pri­mary School and Prime Min­is­ter Dr. Kenny An­thony.

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