Meals Program


We believe no child should arrive at school too hungry to learn. Teachers and parents work to feed the children, but they lack the resources to feed all that need meals. Some parents still skip meals so that the children can eat.
Placeholder imageSince 2002, we've provided free meals at kindergartens, and primary schools. We've used cooks from factories, volunteer cooks, and used cafeterias we built, classrooms, and even a converted school bus!
We show up unannounced to inspect the food and eat with the children. We visit homes of the children and seek information from parents. We adjust the way we pay for the meals and sometimes add additional items to the meals. When financial situations improve and a school no longer needs help, we pay for meals at other schools.
Most of the schools that we help with meals or new cafeterias, participate in a state program that trains volunteer cooks and sells ingredients at a reduced cost, equivalent to 40-cents per meal.
By the way, the parents also build sidewalks, build special needs classrooms, and provide other help to the schools.
Depending on the situation we have paid the school directors, paid the state of Coahuila, or given the money to parents. In each situation we examine receipts.


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Build Cafeterias

Most schools have no cafeterias. Using local workers we build cafeterias.

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Old Cafeteria

Teachers do the best that they can. Sometimes an abandoned bus serves as a kitchen to prepare meals.

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Completed Cafeteria

We began with 40-meals at a school where there were 1,000 children. Within a few years we built cafeterias and were feeding over 4,000 children per day!

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1st Cafeteria Opening

School director acknowledges Paper Houses with a plaque and deep thanks.

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Inside Cafeteria!

A mural by a local artist and some of the children pose at another opening. This school serves 960 children.

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A New Experience

One day these children will tell their children about the first time they had a real lunch at a school cafeteria.


In many schools we work directly with parents and avoid issues as school personnel change.

In some schools we can work directly with staff.

The state of Coahuila pays for part of the ingredients.

Paper Houses - Builds cafeterias.

Mexico- The state pays for part of the ingredients.

Paper Houses - Buys the ingredients at a reduced price from the state..

Mexico- The state trains and certifies volunteer cooks.

Local people prepare meals and clean the cafeteria.

Including building repairs, it costs you $60 a year to feed a child so that child is no longer 'too hungry to concentrate' at school.