Scotia Group CEO Serves Breakfast

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Jacqueline Sharp (R), Scotia Group President & CEO, offers a student of Holy Family Primary a sandwich. Ms. Sharp was participating in the breakfast serving activity organised through the Bank's Nutrition for Learning programme. Looking on is Principal Christopher Wright (2nd R). Also assisting is Scotiabank Executive, Rosemaire Voordouw (2nd L).

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Mixing vegetables in with the corn beef is one way to encourage the children to eat them say chef at Holy Family Primary and Infant School, Akedo Headlam (R), as he assist Scotia Group President & CEO, Jacqueline Sharp, prepare sandwiches for students at the institution Ms. Sharp was participating in the Nutrition for Learning breakfast serving programme as part of the Bank's child month activities.

[May, 2016] Scotia Group President and CEO, Jacqueline Sharp, took a turn in the kitchen of the Holy Family Primary and Infant School when she joined them to assist with the breakfast service this morning.

Ms. Sharp, along with Rosemarie Voordouw, took on the challenging task of serving over 300 students breakfast, before stepping into the kitchen to assist with the making of sandwiches for those at the infant school. As each child was handed their portion, Ms. Sharp leaned in and encouraged them to have a great day.

Breakfast this morning was cream of wheat porridge with an option of cheese or corn beef sandwiches. 

As part of the Scotiabank planned activities for Child Month, focus has been placed on nutrition for children during the week of May 9 – 13, through their Nutrition for Learning Programme.

For some time now the ScotiaFoundation has been assisting a number of schools to supplement their school-feeding programme by providing them with the funds for meal preparation. The programme, operated in 9 schools in Portland, St. Ann, Kingston and St. Andrew provides funding for breakfast in 8 of the schools, and lunch in one. Participating schools are Whitfield Town All-Age, Holy Family Primary and Infant School, Denham Town Primary, Allman Town Primary, Bamboo Primary in St Ann, Elim Early Childhood Development Centre in St. Elizabeth, and in Portland, Draper's All-Age, and Norwich Primary. 

According to Principal Christopher Wright, the breakfast programme at Holy Family Primary and Infant School assists with meals for approximately 400 of the 1,100 students that attend the institution. Students are selected based on an assessment of needs by the guidance counsellor and teachers in each class.

This year, one of the Scotiabank activities for child month is to have Bank executives serving breakfast in the nine schools across the island. The exercise entails the serving of food to the children, spending time sharing about the importance of eating a healthy meal, and the presentation of a basket of groceries to the principal.

Last year, the Foundation in partnership with Jacqui Tyson, trained thirty eight canteen cooks from eleven institutions, including three children's homes, in creative ways to prepare inexpensive dishes for children.

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