John Mills school gets a year’s supply of green bananas from JP Group
Mauricia Wellington, of John Mills Infant Primary & Junior High School, holds her favourite Jamaica Producers (JP) St Mary chips during a recent visit by the brand. JP shared the exciting news that through the JP St. Mary’s Heritage Project, they will provide a year’s supply of green bananas free of cost to the institution.
Jamaica Producers (JP) Group has further extended its efforts and resources to ensure that no child in Jamaica starts their day at school hungry by selecting neighbouring schools to become beneficiaries of the JP St Mary’s Heritage Project.
Kingston-based John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High School became the first school to be selected to receive a year’s supply of green bananas free of cost through an extended initiative of ongoing the JP St Mary’s Heritage project.
“As local farmers and producers, we wholeheartedly embrace our national duty to ensure that our children are nourished with the launch of The Heritage Project. The Heritage Project represents a bold initiative to lend major support to our nation’s school feeding programmes and the purposeful shift towards providing our children with healthy eating options,” noted Tara Goulbourne, commercial manager at JP Tropical Foods.
Green bananas carry a host of health benefits inclusive of High Fibre Content which reduces appetite and induces the feeling of satiety and fullness; Rich in vitamins C and B6 which improves brain function in children; High in Potassium which improves muscle movement, nerve and kidney function; and boost energy levels by improving digestive health and lowering blood sugar levels.
Acting Principal of John Mills Infant Primary & Junior High School, Jean Reid-Anderson (right) welcomes Tara Goulbourne, Commercial Manager, Jamaica Producers (JP) Tropical Foods to the institution.
According to Acting Principal of John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High School, Jean Reid Anderson JP St Mary’s donation is one of divine intervention.
“In previous years we usually get nutri products from the government but since the start of this school year it has dwindled down and we are now getting water and sandwiches that can feed approximately 40-50 students. Those are given to the students at the infant level and those in grade one classes. While we are thankful for the government’s efforts, most of the children remain hungry,” stated Reid-Anderson.
“A majority of the students come to school without breakfast and you will find that many of those students stop to purchase a lot of unhealthy snack items. We are very concerned and we want to put in place a programme that is more healthy for our children. As you know, it is highly unlikely for children to learn without food, especially breakfast.
“We are very grateful that JP St Mary’s has stepped up and donated bananas. We believe that God had sent an angel to save us. And we look forward to working with them so that our children will be healthier,” concluded Reid-Anderson.
Speaking at the official handover of the bananas to the school, Newton Hemmings, head cook at the school, said he was looking forward to preparing nutritious banana meals for the children.
“Banana is naturally healthy for our children. We look forward to making banana porridge and other banana health-related foods for our children that will enhance their wellbeing.”
In an effort to reach all corners of the island, JP St Mary’s is calling on corporate Jamaica to come on board and sponsor a school.
“Whether it is for 3 months, 6 months or the year we invite companies and organisations to partner with us by sponsoring the Heritage project in a public school they support or partner with,” stated Goulbourne. “Let us grow goodness together by ensuring every child can learn by providing proper nutrition.”
The JP Group in commemoration of its 90th anniversary will supply locally grown green bananas to public educational institutions in a new National Feeding Programme. The bananas will be sold at only J$5 per pound and will be supported by the JP St Mary’s brand.
The initiative serves a part of its “The Heritage Project…Growing Goodness Together”, and will see green bananas supplied in the first phase to schools, with a plan to extend the offer to healthcare facilities and registered charities.
The project will supply 20 schools with fresh local produce nurturing the nation’s greatest asset, our children, with meals needed to ensure that they can focus on learning with the right nutrition. Other schools across the island are also encouraged to take full advantage of JP’s offer.