Target: Bolivian President Evo Morales
Goal: Applaud Bolivia for their school food program which is feeding healthy food to thousands of kids.
In the capital of one of Latin America’s poorest nations, a new school food program has launched. In La Paz, Bolivia, over 153,000 kids in more than 400 schools are receiving nutritious meals in an effort to battle undernourishment and obesity. The program is working to change Bolivian children’s eating habits and introduce them to indigenous food.
In Bolivia, 23 percent of households do not have enough food. Many children go to school with empty stomachs. The school food program is fighting malnutrition by ensuring that school children are fed and are eating nutritious meals. The breakfast provided by the schools is most kids’ first meal of the day. The program hopes to decrease the number of undernourished children in Bolivia and increase school attendance.
The program is also fighting obesity in a country where unhealthy fast food has become popular due to its accessibility and low price. The food given to the children is indigenous to Bolivia and has no preservatives. Recently, Bolivian grain has been harder for Bolivians to access. The majority of the grain from Bolivia is exported to other countries to be sold in high-end markets. With droughts and floods in recent years the price of Bolivian crops has risen, making it harder for low-income Bolivians to buy. While previous generations ate indigenous Bolivian grains daily, younger generations are now being introduced to the grains through this school program. School gardens have also been introduced in more than 400 schools. The program appears to be slowly changing children’s eating habits.
Thank President Morales and the Bolivian government for focusing on child malnutrition and obesity, and finding an effective program to battle the problems.
Dear President Evo Morales,
I am writing to thank you and the government of Bolivia for making children’s health a priority. Over 153,000 kids in over 400 schools in Bolivia are now receiving nutritious meals when they attend school. The program appears to be successful in making Bolivian children healthier.
The program is effectively battling malnutrition and obesity issues in Bolivia. Children who do not have enough food in their home are now receiving meals at school. Parents now have even more reason to ensure their children attend school. I also want to commend the government for ensuring that the meals given in schools are healthy and indigenous to Bolivia. Bolivian children are gaining healthy eating habits and are able to eat grains from their own country. The school food program is guaranteeing that kids eat healthy meals regularly.
Thank you for making the health of Bolivian children a priority. I hope that this program continues to be a success and continues to grow.
[Your Name Here]
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