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School Meals

“As a woman and mother, I’m honored to be part of the global effort to solve hunger. For just 25 cents a day, we can feed a child in school and be part of the solution."
Christina Aguilera, UN World Food Programme Ambassador Against Hunger

No child should go to school hungry. Today, an estimated 66 million students across the developing world attend primary school hungry, with 23 million children in Africa alone.

School meals can be life-changing for the world’s poorest children. School meals also help to get students into the classroom, giving them an important key to a better future—an education.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) provides school meals to more than 24 million children each year. Just 25 cents provides a child with a nutritious meal, such as porridge, rice or beans. School meals help to improve children’s nutrition, ability to learn and life chances. School feeding also gives poor families an incentive to send children to school, especially girls.

VIDEO: Promoting Education Through School Meals

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VIDEO: Promoting Education Through School Meals

Every child, no matter where they come from or what language they speak, all have one thing in common: Potential. Potential for greatness. Potential to change the world as we know it. World Food Program USA knows future greatness is all around us. And the key to unlocking that greatness is a good education. 

Navigate Through the World's School Meals

Navigate Through the World's School Meals

Where in the world does WFP provide school meals? You can find out through our interactive map. See all the countries benefitting from our school meals, learn the number of kids who get to eat them on a daily basis and hear the stories that show how far your support really goes.

McGovern-Dole School Meals Fund

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McGovern-Dole School Meals Fund

To support home-grown school meals, WFP USA has created the McGovern-Dole School Meals Fund. It is named in honor of the late Senator George McGovern and Senator Robert Dole to honor their decades of leadership combating the crisis of world hunger.

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