Nairobi - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in conjunction with the Government of Kenya and Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), today officially launched a cash transfer pilot for school meals in Kenya’s arid regions – the first time this initiative has been taken in Kenya.
“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. In my travels with the World Food Programme, I've seen firsthand how that meal changes the life of a child.”
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.
Hadiatou Diallo, who received both WFP school meals and take-home rations during her education, was one of the top performing girls in the primary school leaving exam in the Sahel Region of Burkina Faso.
KUPANG, NUSA TENGGARA TIMUR, INDONESIA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Kupang District Government and the Family Empowerment and Welfare Movement (Pemberdayaan Kesejahteraan Keluarga or PKK Kupang) are celebrating Indonesia’s Independence Day on 17 August with the launch of the first cooking competition for school meals made with local ingredients. The competition aims to promote dietary diversity and highlight ways of making school meals more nourishing through sourcing locally-available ingredients.
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