Our Healthy Minds Campaign:

A consistently nutritious and healthy diet empowers physical and cognitive development. Food security is especially important for children's growing minds and bodies. This is why we believe the well-being of our students must be multi-faceted. Above all, Picaflor House ensures students receive healthy meals alongside a fulfilling education.

Healthy Minds Video

Healthy Minds Campaign nurtures a greater academic and social environment for nearly 60 children by providing a substantial daily lunch and snack. Concurrently, Picaflor House’s meals often incorporate food grown in our greenhouse, such as tomatoes, spinach, lettuce, pumpkins, and chard. This enables students to learn about gardening, cultivating a better understanding of how food is grown and harvested. By donating today, you can help Picaflor House combat hunger and food insecurity in Peru!

Peru is the Most Food Insecure Country in South America: 

Unfortunately, food security is not a reality for everyone. There are a myriad of factors that can impact the quality, availability, and accessibility of healthy and sustainable meals. 

So, let’s talk about food security, what it means, and why it’s a human right.

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) proclaims, “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing…”

Despite access to food being a fundamental human right, many structural issues, such as rising costs, poverty, and reliance on imports, can cause significant food security problems worldwide. 

The United Nations reports that 51% of Peruvians experience food insecurity, making it the most food-insecure country in South America. 

Consequently, the UN warns that approximately 16.6 million people throughout Peru do not have access to safe and nutritious food on a dependable basis. 

How can food security be achieved? 

The World Food Summit defines food security as consistent access to healthy food to establish a quality life for everyone.

To meet the food security criteria, food availability must be:

1) physically accessible

2) affordable

3) contain adequate nutrition

4) stable

For example, all four factors must exist simultaneously for someone to have food security. 

The Healthy Mind Campaign is exceptionally important against the backdrop of families experiencing food insecurity in Peru. For some students, the Picaflor House provides the only nourishing meal of the day.

By donating to the Picaflor House, you are enabling our Healthy Mind Campaign to continue to provide lunch and a snack to young minds every day.

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Kathryn McDanel

Kathryn McDanel is a blog writer and photographer at Globalteer. With a master’s degree in Community-based Journalism and Cultural Advocacy, Kathryn has collaborated with communities in the United States, East Africa, and Latin America to protect human rights and promote cultural survival.


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