In an effort to promote food security for children in rural Thailand, Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CP Foods) and Charoen Pokphand Rural Life Foundation commemorated the 35th anniversary of the “Raising Layer for Student’s Lunch” project by raising layer hens in providing their students with food security. This year, the project will offer the assist upto 1,000 schools nationwide and scale up to community’s food security.
Somkid Wannalukkhee, Senior Vice President at CP Foods said CP Group, in collaboration with CP Foods and Charoen Pokphand Rural Life Foundation started the project since 1989 to support kids in rural areas gain access high-protein food, thereby addressing the malnutrition problem. The project assists schools in raising layer hens to produce fresh eggs for their own use in preparing meals for children. Currently, there are 905 schools participating this project ensuring more than 180,000 Thai receive adequate nutrition. This year, the schools granting the support will reach one thousand schools across Thailand.
“The project commits to assisting schools in providing a secure food source for children. CP Foods provides schools with the knowledge and technology they need to raise layer hens,” Somkid said.
The company also assists schools in developing production plans based on their consumption using the LINE application and a Google form. Aside from children, the surrounding communities can purchase surplus eggs at low prices. During the Covid-19 situation, the eggs from the projects become a community’s food stock and help alleviate household expenses.
The project was recognized by Thai and international organizations, particularly the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, Bangkok, which became a strategic partner to support the project from 2000 to the present, with the goal of increasing food accessibility for children. Siam Makro Plc. also joined as a partner to help drive the project’s expansion to become the school’s learning center for occupational skill development.
In order to participate in the project, interested schools should contact the Charoen Pokphand Foundation for Rural Life Development at 02-766-7340/4310 or 0-2638-2716.