Nearly 30 percent of the population is considered food insecure. Extreme poverty, climate change, low national food production, and natural disasters are just a few reasons hunger persists. Children bear the brunt of this reality: five percent of children suffer from acute malnutrition and 65 percent are anemic.
Thankfully, the 380 children who attend Bon Samaritan Episcopal School receive a nutritious lunch every day with support from South Florida Haiti Project through annual Food Packing events. These meals of vitamin-fortified rice, beans, soy, and dried vegetables is the only real meal of the day for many of the children.