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Help the World Food Programme (WFP) provide school meals across the globe.

Every day 60 million school children go hungry, but with your support of WFP school meals, millions of kids are receiving not only a meal but an education and an opportunity to break the cycle of poverty.

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Millions of children around the world lack access to the education and nutrition they need to unlock their potential.

WFP is the world’s largest provider of school meals, reaching more than 16 million children last year. School meals often serve as the only reliable source of nutrition for children in impoverished communities. By easing the burden of putting food on the table, WFP removes hunger as a barrier to education and helps students concentrate and succeed in the classroom.

WFP’s school meals can also become a lifeline for small-scale farmers. By using locally grown crops whenever possible to source its school meals, WFP offers a stable market for struggling food producers. This “homegrown” approach also means a fresher and more diverse diet for students, including vegetables and dairy.

Explore where World Food Programme provided school meals and assistance across the globe in 2016

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Countries participating in homegrown school meals program

All countries

16,404,640 children

Received school meals

76,500 schools

Received WFP assistance

60 countries

Participated in WFP school meals program

Technical Assistance

receives technical assistance from WFP, which involves providing the national government with resources, guidance and support to continue its nationally-owned school meals program.

Homegrown and Traditional School Meals

participates in the homegrown school meals program, where WFP works with local farmers to provide locally grown crops whenever possible to source its school meals. In doing so, WFP offers a stable market for struggling food producers and feeds students fresh and nutritious ingredients.

School meals

participates in the school meals program, which often serves as the only source of nutrition for children in impoverished communities. By introducing food into the classroom, WFP removes hunger as a barrier to education and helps students concentrate, succeed and find their true potential.

The Case for Support

School Meals: Transforming Communities Through Sustainable Nourishment

WFP is the world’s largest provider of school meals, reaching more than 17 million children last year. School meals often serve as the only reliable source of nutrition for children in impoverished communities. By easing the burden of putting food on the table, WFP removes hunger as a barrier to education and helps students concentrate and succeed in the classroom.

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