Tuesday 21 May, 2019

John Mills’ parents endorse JP breakfast programme

Neleta White (right), national sales manager at Jamaica Producers (JP) Tropical Foods Ltd serves up frank and beans with green bananas to grade 4 student Shauna Kay McKay (second right) during the Eat Well with JP breakfast event at John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High last month.

Neleta White (right), national sales manager at Jamaica Producers (JP) Tropical Foods Ltd serves up frank and beans with green bananas to grade 4 student Shauna Kay McKay (second right) during the Eat Well with JP breakfast event at John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High last month.

Parents of students at the John Mill’s Infant, Primary and Junior High heartily endorsed the JP St Mary’s Heritage Project having seen the breakfast programme in action for the first time recently.

The John Mill’s Infant, Primary and Junior High came alive on last month as 320 curious kids lined up to be served their JP St. Mary’s breakfast of banana-based products.

Some kids opted for banana porridge and others for the ground provision in a more traditional form, but one thing was certain, they enjoyed the hearty and healthy breakfast.

The parents present gave the drive full marks.

“I think it is a very important initiative,” said Mark Trout, president of the school’s parent-teacher association. “One of the keystones of education and learning is proper nutrition, and the children are not eating properly; because eating is one thing and eating properly is another thing.”

Adding that an early morning breakfast is an important part of the day, Trout applauded JP St. Mary for initiating the program.

“I congratulate JP St Mary for it,” he said. “It goes to show that once corporate Jamaica gets involved, we are going to see some better results. The future is going to be brighter for our children.”

Petrina Bryan, whose daughter Shuana Kay McKay is in grade four at the school, also lauded the programme.

“It helps a lot of children who get up early in the morning to come to school and don’t have anything to eat at the time,” she said. “It helps them a lot. [Through the programme] they can eat something before they go into class.”

Noting that her daughter is also a part of the breakfast programme, Bryan said it also helps her as a parent because sometimes “you don’t have any time to give them breakfast because time is catching up on you. So, you have to rush out to reach to school early with them.”

“JP coming to the school, I love that,” she said.

A support initiative for the JP St. Mary’s Heritage Project, the Eat Well the JP St. Mary’s Breakfast programme will take place at 20 schools over the next three months.

More specifically, JP St. Mary’s will be taking over the schools’ breakfast programme for one day and showing them the benefits of eating green bananas by showcasing a variety of recipes.

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