Feeding schoolchildren is satisfying work!
One of the best and highest uses for breadfruit (and other foods) is feeding schoolchildren. We hear stories of bright, eager kids showing up for school with no breakfast, maybe only a cup of herb tea. They don’t learn much with a hungry tummy!
Mary McLaughlin, chair of TTFF, has worked with several chefs to develop a tasty breadfruit porridge, or hot cereal. The main ingredient is breadfruit flour, and there is also cornmeal and coconut milk. The porridge is vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, tasty and nutritious breakfast. It comes in powder form, ready to be cooked (just 5 or 10 minutes) and served. A one-pound package can serve 15 hungry children in a basic school.
The kids love the porridge, and the pictures prove it! The bowls are practically licked clean.
The current program is feeding six basic schools in Jamaica. Currently TTFF is providing the funding, with support from local Rotary clubs. As funding grows and capacity improves, we see this program expanding tremendously.