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5 Reasons to Tell Congress to Support the School Meals Program

With Election Day right around the corner, members of Congress are hitting the campaign trail and listening to your concerns. It is the ideal time to contact them to let them know that you want to end global hunger and that you support increased funding for international school meals programs.

Over the next couple of months, Congress will decide how much funding the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program will receive.

Through the McGovern-Dole program, hungry children are provided with a healthy meal at school every day, giving them the sustenance they need to learn and stay in school. By contacting Congress in support of increased funding for the McGovern-Dole program, you could help feed an addition 1 million students every year.

Here are 5 reasons why you should contact Congress now:

1. There are currently 66 million children in the world’s poorest countries who attend school hungry.
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2. Food attracts children to enroll in school and helps keep them there. During the first year of the school meals program, average enrollment increases by about 25 percent with even higher increases for multi-year programs.
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3. School meals programs that combine take-home rations for girls with on-site meals for all pupils have increased girls’ enrollment as much as 46 percent. Increasing girls’ enrollment has long-term benefits for child mortality rates too.
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4. Providing school meals to children allows families to spend their income on other essential purchases.
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5. Research has found that providing meals to school children improves their cognition and educational outcomes.
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Take action on this issue by using our online advocacy tools right now. You can learn more about the McGovern-Dole program by downloading our fact sheet

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Erin  Cochran
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ecochran@wfpusa.org

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