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Tate & Lyle renews partnership with the China Foundation for Rural Development for a third year to help improve children’s diets and nutrition education

Tate & Lyle PLC, a world leader in ingredient solutions for healthier and tastier food and beverages, is delighted to announce that it has renewed its partnership with the China Foundation for Rural Development for a third year. This partnership is part of Tate& Lyle’s ‘Healthy Eating, Happy Learning – Child Health Improvement Programme’ in China which works to improve children’s diets, support healthier lifestyles, and provide education on nutrition.

Through this partnership, children in schools in underdeveloped areas of China’s Yunnan and Guizhou provinces will receive a nutritious daily snack throughout the school year. In addition, schools in Guizhou province will benefit from the installation of modern kitchen equipment in their canteens, and Tate & Lyle will work with nutrition experts from the Chinese national authorities to provide nutrition education for students and teachers.

Since its establishment in September 2021, Tate& Lyle’s partnership with the China Foundation for Rural Development has provided:

  • Over 400,000nutritional snacks to 3,000 children in 12 schools.
  • Over 200 pieces of new kitchen equipment to 11 schools, benefiting 3,000 children.
  • Working with experts from the Chinese Nutrition Society, produced customised nutrition and health education booklets and posters for children, and held nutrition classes for 500 students and 700 teachers.

This is one of many partnerships Tate & Lyle operates in communities across the world, including in the US, UK and Brazil, to support healthier living and help build thriving communities.

As World Education Day commences on September 28, Chiquita Brands International, the world’s foremost banana purveyor, is proud to announce it has reached 33 % of its education aid program goals. The goal is to reach 100 schools and 20,000 children by the year 2020, and to date, Chiquita has provided support for 33 schools. This includes building and renovating school infrastructure as well as providing learning materials for the children. Chiquita currently provides these educational benefits for the children of its farm-workers throughout the countries where its business is rooted, including Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Honduras.

The current educational aid program supports the children of Chiquita farm workers. In Costa Rica and Guatemala, Chiquita provides school children a special kit containing many of the basic materials required by the Education Ministry, while in Panama and Honduras, Chiquita provides scholarships.

In addition, Chiquita initiates and supports community projects, such as investing in school infrastructure, helping children receive an education, creating environmental awareness and promoting social empowerment. Chiquita firmly believes that helping children receive a valuable primary education will have a positive, long-lasting impact on not only the children, but also the communities they reside in.

Chiquita is not only involved in education for school-aged children, but also looks to provide healthcare aid as well. For example, in Costa Rica children in the banana farm neighborhoods are invited to receive visual and dental care, education and free teeth cleaning kits. The impact of such outreach is especially valued in areas where educational levels tend to be low, and where access to diagnostic facilities is limited due to distance from medical centers and the cost involved.