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.
“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.
Use our interactive food calculator to learn how far your back-to-school budget can go to help a child in need.
Learn about our annual McGovern-Dole Leadership Award to celebrate lawmakers on Capitol Hill who are leading the fight against global hunger.
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.
What are home-grown school meals? Home-grown school meals are programs that provide nutritious meals to hungry school children using food grown locally.
How You Can Help
Tell your Representative: Don’t cut funding for global food aid programs!
Be a part of the solution today by lending your support to the area of greatest need. Give a gift that will nourish a child's body and brighten their future.
Support smarter, faster food aid reform to reach 4 million more people every year.