Over 100 thousand meals served in
Start Bright Tus-t Water school breakfast initiative
Kingstown, St. Vincent. June 26th, 2018– The Start Bright Tus-T Water free school breakfast initiative program has now served over one hundred thousand meals to Vincentian students, since its inception. The milestone was achieved during the current academic school term, the last for the 2017/2018 school year.
The programme provides free nutritional school breakfasts in schools throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Between the pilot program which commenced during the academic school year 2015 – 2016 and the current school year 2017 – 2018, Start Bright provided 105 thousand breakfast to 75 schools in all 11 school districts throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The programme has had a tremendous impact on the lives of those children who are participating. Headteacher of the Kingstown Government School, Thedica Jones, notes that: “Tus-T water has enabled the students at my school to begin their day on the right foot, with a warm, healthy breakfast.”
Headteacher of the Owia Government School Natasha Nero notes that:The Start Bright Programme benefits the children of Pointe who arrive (at school)so early it means that they had breakfast very early or none at all. Therefore, supplying breakfast makes them more alert and ready for the day’s work as research has shown that breakfast is the most important meal of the day.”
Principal of the Bequia Community High School Dahlia Hanson-Ollivierre shares similar sentiments noting that:“Many of our students come from homes that are experiencing financial difficulties, the Start Bright Breakfast Programme helps us to ensure that these students start the day with a meal.
Start Bright, through Tus-T water provides meals for over 400 children throughout every school district in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. However, data indicates that over 700 children benefit from the programme, as those participating usually share their breakfast with a sibling or friend. According to founder and CEO of Tus-T Dwight
Hillocks,“There are no boundaries to hunger. It affects many children. That’s why the Start Bright Free School Breakfast Programme reaches out to 75 of the 101 primary and secondary schools, throughout the multi-island state.”
Hillocks notes that despite the numerous challenges, Tus-T water has been able to sustain the Start Bright programme and aims to add more children in existing schools and is entertaining the possibility of adding some, if not all of the other schools that are on their waiting list. Hillocks hopes to serve a similar amount of meals during the
next school year 2018/2019, thereby doubling its efforts and impact in a shorter time frame.
“Every child deserves to have a nutritious breakfast,” he notes. The two week menu cycle includes 10 menus sanctioned by the Ministry of Health. The menus are designed to help the children with their basic nutrition needs.
A simple purchase of one bottle of Tus-T water a day can help keep hunger away and increase the number of beneficiaries on the Start Bright programme. Hillocks is urging local households to commit to purchasing the Tus-T water brand and contribute to improving the lives of more Vincentian children.