Friday, March 31, 2023

Healthy Eating: Families and Authorities Claim for School Meals at CABA | Collect Signatures to Support the “Campaign for Quality and Free Food for All”

members of academic communities and this City Rights Observatory (ODC) continues to collect signatures for support “Campaign for Quality and Free Food for All”, On which it is proposed to modify the existing arrangement of canteen and food of all schools dependent. city ​​education ministry from Buenos Aires. As per the draft “Comprehensive Law on Right to Adequate Food in Educational Institutions”, Recently presented by the legislators of Buenos Aires Frent de Todos (FDT), Ophelia Fernández and Matias Barotevena, this initiative seeks to ensure that students are guaranteed access to healthy, safe and sovereign food.

“Food is an educational act”, warned the Secretary of Working Conditions and the Environment of the Union of Education Workers (UTE) of Pablo Francisco. The leader said they have been “fighting for the fundamental right of access to good food in schools” for years. “In the present system, children are a commodity of the market rather than a subject of law,” added, taking into account that It is necessary to “put this problem on the political agenda”.

“If children cannot eat without drugs, education cannot be guaranteed,” he said. We must address food with a paradigm of food sovereignty and decentralization of food production and marketing networks”, warned Maru Bailey, vice chairman of the Commission for Education, Science and Technology.

a claim that takes years

“If public education is free for all, food should be free too!”, “Do our children have a healthy diet?”, “Let’s end the bureaucratic system of scholarship” and “No student can go without a plate of food.” Under the slogan “No”, students, family and teachers gathered at this friday’s door Buenos Aires City Legislature. “We are tired of giving our kids junk food and sometimes even mushrooms”Told page 12 Carmen, grandmother of an elementary level girl.

before the legislature, educational community display of food that kindergarten, primary and secondary schools receive daily from the city. Near the table, family members displayed posters with certain situations that, according to the students, are experienced daily in dining rooms: “friends who ate a ‘Polopescado’ medallion sandwich, then vomited”, “recently they Gave ham and cheese and they were all green”, “It occurred to me several times to see vanilla with cookies and mushrooms”.

“We have been condemning for years that food contains plastics and fungi. They give us sandwiches almost every day. These factors are associated with eating behavior disorder (ED).” Florence, a member of one of the student centers who attended the meeting, condemned it. “We spend 11 hours at school, but they send us unhealthy and spoiled food,” three high school students with artistic orientation told this newspaper.

Buenos Aires FDT legislator, Ophelia Fernández, said that “there are girls and boys who do not like to eat because of poor food conditions, or who eat food out of disgust because they have the opportunity to do so in school.” That’s why we propose that students be guaranteed safe, healthy and tasty food, and that the service be universal and free, so that everyone can access it without going through the cumbersome and exclusive current scholarship system.

“Annually, more than 12,600 million pesos are allocated to school meal service and for many years, only a small group of outsourced companies have provided food for thousands of children and adolescents,” explained the legislator. Matias Baroetaevna.

In a public tender convened by the government of Buenos Aires to define who would manage food service in schools from 2022 to the end of 2025, its budget was more than 50,000 million pesos. Interested companies took less than a month I paid more than 700 thousand pesos for the value of the statement, ”said Alexander Volkind, Members of the Observatory of the City of Rights (ODC), which, this Monday, they anticipated, will present an amparo action before justice.

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