DIATROFI Program implemented in Schools of Central Greece for the 4th school year
12 December 2019
The DIATROFI Program implemented by the Prolepsis Institute was launched once again on Monday, December 9 in schools of the Prefecture of Sterea Ellada (Central Greece). 2,028 students received healthy meals. The Program, which was initiated by Mr. Kostas Bakoyannis, continues for this school year thanks to the immediate action taken by the new Regional Authorities and by Regional Governor Fanis Spanos.
This year marks the fourth school year that the DIATROFI Program is implemented in schools in the Prefecture of Central Greece. In total, more than 6,000 primary and secondary school students in the Prefecture of Central Greece received free school meals in the school years 2015 – 2016, 2016 – 2017 and 2018 – 2019 through the DIATROFI Program. For the school year 2019-2020, it is estimated that more than 200,000 meals will be provided to students. The Prefecture has provided a total of 576,000 healthy meals to date.
The Program is addressed to students of 25 schools in Primary and Secondary Education, located in all five Regional Units of the Prefecture of Central Greece and funded by the Prefecture of Central Greece. Nutritional and healthy meals will be distributed daily to all the students. The meals are based on the nutritional needs of children and have been designed by physicians, nutritionists and food technologists of Prolepsis Institute, with input from Professors in Greek and U.S. Universities.
The results of the DIATROFI Program in the Prefecture of Central Greece are impressive. According to the date recorded in the schools participating in the Program, not only the daily nutritional needs of the students were better met, but also the health indicators of the population in question were significantly improved. In particular, on an annual basis, an average of 18.9% of families experiencing food insecurity at the beginning of the Program did not experience insecurity by the end of the school year. In parallel, 36.3% of families experiencing hunger when the Program begun, did not experience hunger at the end. Also, 45.6% of students who had low body weight were able to gain normal bodyweight by the end of the school year.
The Regional Governor of Central Greece Mr. Fanis Spanos stated: “We are pleased to continue implementing a program the value of which has been demonstrated in practice, both for the proper nutrition of students and, in view of the relevant results, also for the psychological state of children and their families. We continue to prove our solidarity and responsibility through actions and not just in words. A big thank you to the Prolepsis Institute for our cooperation.”
“Our heartfelt thanks to the new Regional Governor, Mr.Fanis Spanos, for responding promptly to our request. A significant Program of social support and solidarity initiated by Kostas Bakoyannis, is continued, bringing multiple benefits to the health and development of our children. We have already made a call to the Regional Governors throughout Greece asking for their contribution in dealing with the problem and taking action. The number of public schools across Greece that have applied to join the DIATROFI Program has reached 1,000 applicants. It is extremely urgent to find a way to secure the daily meal of these children,” said Mrs. Athena Linos, Professor of Medical School, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and President of the Prolepsis Institute.
The implementation of the DIATROFI Program is added to a series of initiatives taken by the Prefecture of Central Greece aimed to strengthen social solidarity and to support vulnerable groups of the population. In addition, the Prolepsis Institute took on a new project, with funding from the Prefecture of Central Greece, aimed to improve the quality of life of the elderly population.