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State breakfast program feeds more than 59,000 children a day

Cancun, Q.R. — More than 59,000 children of pre-school and primary school age receive free daily breakfasts as part of the state’s Programa de Desayunos Fríos y Calientes (Program of hot and cold breakfasts).

Over 59,000 children around Quintana Roo take advantage of the free breakfast program on a daily basis, says state governor Carlos Joaquin. The program, which is done in part by DIF Quintana Roo, helps disadvantaged children improve their health so they can focus on their studies more while in school, which the program says, they hope will one day provide better opportunities for them.

“This year, 41,414 cold breakfasts are provided every day, 4,000 more than compared to last year,” Joaquin says adding that “18,552 hot breakfasts are also served each day, 1,000 more than in 2016, which each month represents 1,199,320 hot and cold breakfasts in the dining room of disadvantaged children around the state.”

Karina Sandoval Poot, mother of two students, says these school breakfasts are great support for the students and the family’s economy. “My children have good food and more energy to study. In addition, in the dining room, the children coexist and learn good manners,” she said.

The Programa de Desayunos Fríos y Calientes helps improve the health condition of children with malnutrition or those who are at risk, so that academic achievement grows and decreases absenteeism in public preschool and primary schools.

Rosa Isela González, who also has two young school-aged children, says that the school breakfasts represent savings for her as well as giving healthy food to her children. “They are for the children’s taste and it is necessary help for parents,” she said.

Governor Carlos Joaquín stressed that while progress has been made in terms of food assistance, there is still a long way to go to ensure all children receive breakfast and an education.