As our Covid-19 response continues, Naomi Malunga shares an update from a Mary's Meals food distribution at Chigodi Primary School in Malawi.  

Back to all stories | Posted on 03/24/21 in NewsBlog

The 2021 food distribution started very well at Chigodi Primary School in Kumbewe, Linagwe. Covid-19 prevention measures were in place during the whole process and we found handwashing basins with soap placed all over the premises. Guardians, pupils and teachers were wearing face masks, and social distancing was being observed.

The distribution continues to solve the problems of food shortages in rural communities in the wake of Covid-19, allowing children to have a nutritious meal before starting lessons.

Speaking after receiving the food pack, Ireen Fillipo, a mother to three children at the school, said that the porridge will help them because there is no other food at home.

As a result of the distribution, children in this community will be able to eat Mary’s Meals, which gives them energy while they study at home.

Catherine Chinjiro, who is in Standard 5 at Chigodi Primary School, said that food at home allows her to eat in the morning and she does not feel hungry while doing her lessons.

The school authorities are working in collaboration with Mary’s Meals staff to ensure the smooth running of operations during the distribution.

William Khonjesi, a teacher at Chigodi Primary School, said: “As a school we are making sure that the distribution is going on very well. We are ensuring that each food package goes to the correct person by enrolling them and calling names one by one.

“We are making sure that the parent of the child is the person receiving the food so that the pack goes to the right beneficiary.”

Thoko Chinsinga, a School Feeding Officer for Lirangwe region, expressed satisfaction in the food distribution process.

She said: “At most of the schools where we are distributing food, the attendance of the learners is usually high."

"I am so happy that we are distributing food to the learners at home. It is motivating the children to learn.”