Healthy food: families and authorities demand school meals from CABA

members of academic communities And that city ​​rights observatory (ODC) continues to collect signatures to support “Campaign for quality and free food for all”, On the basis of which it is proposed to modify the existing layout of the canteens and meals of all the schools. city ​​ministry of education from Buenos Aires. In accordance with the draft “comprehensive law on the right to adequate food in educational establishments”, Presented recently by Buenos Aires legislators Frent de Todos (FDT), Ophelia Fernández and Matias Barrotevena, this initiative aims to ensure that students have 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 chef said they have been “fighting for the basic right of access to good food in schools” for years. “In the current system, children are objects of the market rather than subjects of law”, added, taking into account that We must “put this problem on the political agenda”.

“If children cannot eat without being intoxicated, then education cannot be guaranteed. We must approach food from the paradigm of food sovereignty and the decentralization of food production and marketing networks,” warned Maru Bayly, Vice President of the Commission for Education, Science and Technology. .

a claim that takes years

“If public education is free for all, so should food!”, “Do our children have healthy food?”, “Let’s end the bureaucratic system of scholarships” and “No students without his plate of food under the slogan “No”, students, families and teachers gathered at the door this Friday Legislative Assembly of the City of Buenos Aires. “We are tired of giving our children junk food and sometimes even mushrooms”Told page 12 Carmen, grandmother of an elementary school girl.

before the legislature, Educational Community Food Display that nursery, primary and secondary schools receive daily from the city. Near the table, family members posted posters with some situations that the students say are experienced daily in the dining rooms: “friends who ate a sandwich with the medallion ‘Polopescado’, then vomited” , “recently they gave ham and cheese and they were all green”, “it happened to me several times to see vanilla with cookies and mushrooms”.

“We have been denouncing for years that food contains plastics and fungi. They give us sandwiches almost every day. These factors are associated with eating 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, spoiled food,” three arts-oriented high school students told this newspaper.

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

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

“In a call for tenders launched by the government of Buenos Aires to define who will manage catering in schools from 2022 to the end of 2025, its budget was more than 50 billion pesos. Interested companies paid more than 700,000 pesos for the value of the declaration in less than a month,” said Alexander Volkind, The members of the Observatory of the City of Rights (ODC), who this Monday, they anticipated, will present an action by Emparo in court.

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