School Meals
11 June 2015

School meals play an important role in the lives of children and their families in the five districts of the Northern Province where primary education has been affected by the three decades of conflict, tsunami and climate shocks. Children from poor households often trek long distances to school and arrive there feeling hungry and weak. Poverty prevents many parents from providing adequate nutritious food for their children. In such cases school meals:

 motivate parents to send their children to school
 provide children with a daily nutritious meal
 keep children’s attention focused on their studies
 help increase school enrolment, attendance and retention.

Fact Sheet
11 June 2015

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) works with the Government of Sri Lanka to assist people affected by three decades of prolonged war which claimed the lives of 60,000 people and destroyed infrastructure in the Northern and Eastern provinces. Assistance is also provided for people who are affected by natural disasters such as tsunami, drought and floods.

WFP Publication
30 March 2015
Food for Assets, School Meals
16 November 2012

The World Food Programme works with governments across Asia to design and manage large-scale, innovative programmes, focused on those who need them most. These programmes are often called ‘safety nets’ – projects designed to protect the most vulnerable at critical times, and so allow them to make the most of each new opportunity to improve their lives.