How To Help Jamaican Kids get School Lunches

by Cat
(USA)

QUESTION:




Hi,

I'm writing to ask for advice and information. I have a business and would like to donate a portion of every sale to help provide school lunches for Jamaican children.

How would I go about this? How much are school lunches per week or month, year? Who would I contact?

Thanks so much in advance. I've looked online and feel blessed to have found this site :)

Many Thanks,
cat

ANSWER:

by Wellesley, February 2014

Hi Cat,

Thanks a lot for stopping by our website (glad you liked it) and for your question.

Thanks also for your willingness to support Jamaica and Jamaican children; that is very kind of you.

I reached out to the local Ministry of Education office on my side of the island and got some information.

Basically, they have suggested that you contact the school you have in mind. That school would then work with you to get the sponsorship to them.

I know your next question though, "Which school can/should you support?", and that's a good question.

The truth is most Jamaican schools, especially basic and primary, are in great need.

But there are also some, sometimes based on the area they are located in, that are more deprived than others.

I have listed the six school regions in Jamaica (below), including their contact information.

You can reach out to any of them and ask for further suggestions on schools in their area that might need greater help.

And by the way, I did share a list of basic schools in the Negril area earlier, including contact information.

If you are interested in looking at that list, please click here

Regrding the costs of lunches:



All this is relative, but a child lunch can range between $300 and $450 JMD per day.

At 5 days per week and 4.3 weeks per month, that would make it between 6450 and 9750 JMD per month.

Based on the current exchange rate (105 JMD to 1 USD), that would fall between 62 USD and 93 USD per month for each child.

Here now is the list of school regions in Jamaica and their contact information.

Ministry Of Education (HEAD OFFICE)
2 Natl Heroes Circle Kingston 4 Jamaica
876-922-1400
876-948-2683
1-888-991-2070
Access To Information Center
876-922-1400
email: vcustomerservice@moe.gov.jm
website: www.moe.gov.jm

REGION ONE
(Kingston and St. Andrew)
2 National Heroes Circle
Kingston 4
Tel.no. 922-1400-9/612-5932

REGION TWO
(Portland, St. Thomas and St. Mary)
Passley Gardens
Port Antonio
Portland
Tel. No.: 993-5603/5724-5

REGION THREE
( St.Ann, Trelawny)
1 Huntley Ave.
Brown's Town
St. Ann
Tel.No.: 975-2703/2716

REGION FOUR
(St.James, Hanover and Westmoreland)
Alice Eldemire Dr.
Montego Bay P.O. 1
St. James
Tel. No.: 953-6929-30

REGION FIVE
(Manchester, St. Elizabeth)
14-15 Nashville
Main Street
Mandeville P.O.
Manchester
Tel.No.: 962-1753/7098

REGION SIX
(St. Catherine and Clarendon)
Succuba Gardens
Old Harbour P.O.
St. Catherine
Tel.No.: 983-1654-5


Hope this helps.


Regards,

Wellesley M. Gayle
Founder, www.My-Island-Jamaica.com

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Mar 03, 2014
Thanks and Beach4Good
by: Cat

Thanks for all the great info Wellesley! I will file away the names and addresses of the schools for the future and hopefully visits:)

After an exhaustive search online of foundations who were NOT feeding Jamaican kids I posted this question here. That same evening I read through lots of posts and found my answer in the comments of one.

A woman mentioned the Rockhouse Foundation and after reading their entire website and watching videos I was in tears and knew they were doing the kind of work I wanted to support. So as of March 1st I am donating $5 of every sale in my shops here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/VintageBeach/about to Rockhouse to assist with their breakfast program. THANKS so much for being the info link I needed to start this. I am eternally grateful:)

Big Love,
Cat

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