On International School Meals Day, WFP USA would like to share a letter we recently received from a young girl named Yvonne in Mathare, one of the largest slums in Nairobi, Kenya.
As Yvonne writes, “I have undergone through many problems just after the death of my father and mother. the major one being lack of food when both lunch and supper to me was like just a dream. I and my six siblings thought that this was the end of everything and really doubted for our existence."
Yvonne worried day and night about how to feed herself and her orphaned siblings—until she enrolled at the Mcedo Primary in the heart of the slum. It was there that Yvonne and her siblings began receiving daily school meals through the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), one of the world's largest school-meal providers in the developing world.
Since 2004, International Paper has teamed up with WFP USA through the Coins 4 Kids™ program, which has helped the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) distribute more than 26 million school meals to children in nearly 100 schools throughout the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, including Mcedo Primary. This year marks a decade of International Paper’s dedication to the program. Coins 4 Kids™ supporters across the United States collect bills and change in a red collection cup, modeled after the red cups that WFP fills with nutritious food for these children each day in school.
Every 25 cents you collect in your Coins 4 Kids™ cup will feed one hungry child in school for a day. It’s that simple—one quarter equals one cup of nutritious food.
Join WFP USA on International School Meals Day and help solve hunger so children like Yvonne can reach their full potential.