Healthy eating: families and authorities claim school nutrition in CABA Collect signatures in support of the “Campaign for quality and free food for all”

Members of educational communities and on City Law Observatory (ODC) continues to collect signatures in support of “Campaign for quality and free food for all”, which proposes to change the current system of chairs and meals in all schools dependent on City Ministry of Education from Buenos Aires. In accordance with the draft “Comprehensive Law on the Right to Adequate Food in Educational Institutions”, Recently introduced by Buenos Aires legislators from the Frente de Todos (FdT), Ophelia Fernandez and Matthias Baroetavenha, the initiative seeks to ensure that students have guaranteed access to healthy, safe and sovereign food.

“Nutrition is a pedagogical act”, warned Pablo Francisco, Secretary of Labor and Environment of the Union of Educators (UTE). The leader said they had been fighting for years for “the fundamental right of access to decent food in schools”. “In the current system, children, instead of being subjects of the law, are subjects of the market,” added, while noting that it is necessary to “put this issue on the political agenda”.

“Education cannot be guaranteed if children cannot eat without getting drunk. We must turn to food from the paradigm of food sovereignty and from the decentralization of food production and marketing networks, “warned Maru Bielli, Vice-President of the Committee on Education, Science and Technology.

A statement that takes years

Under the slogans “If public education is free for all, food must also be free!”, “Do our children get healthy eating?”, “Let’s end the bureaucratic scholarship system” and “No student without a plate of food” “, students, families and teachers gathered this Friday at the door of Legislature of the city of Buenos Aires. “We are tired of our children getting junk food and sometimes even mushrooms”he said Page 12 Carmen, the grandmother of an elementary school girl.

Before the legislature, the educational community exhibited food which kindergartens, primary and secondary schools receive daily from the City. Near the table, family members displayed posters of some of the situations students say occur in the dining room on a daily basis: “Friends who ate a pollopescado medallion sandwich, then vomited,” “I’ve seen cookies and vanilla with mushrooms several times.”

“We have been condemning for years that food has plastic and fungus. They give us sandwiches almost every day. There are colleagues with eating disorders (ED) for these reasons, “ Florence, a member of one of the student centers that attended the meeting, condemned it. “We spend 11 hours in school, but they send us unhealthy and spoiled food,” three artistic high school students told the newspaper.

Buenos Aires FdT lawmaker Ophelia Fernandez said: “There are girls and boys who prefer not to eat because of poor nutrition or who end up eating in disgust because they only have the opportunity to do so at school. “That is why we offer students to ensure safe, healthy and tasty food, and the service to be universal and free, so that everyone has access to it without going through the cumbersome and exclusive current scholarship system,” he added.

“Every year, more than 12,600 million pesos are allocated for school meals, and for many years only a small group of outside companies have provided food for thousands of children and adolescents,” the legislator explained. Matthias Baroetavena.

“The public tender announced by the government of Buenos Aires to determine who will manage food services in schools from 2022 to the end of 2025 had a budget of over 50,000 million pesos. The companies concerned had to pay more than 700,000 pesos for the value of the statement in less than a month, “they said. Alexander Wolkind, a member of the City Law Observatory (ODC), which he said will present an amparo action to justice this Monday.

Report: Karl Gongor.

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