Click here to see a full sized version of the map showing how many countries benefit from WFP school meals.
Click here for a pdf containing all all the facts & figures on WFP school meals projects in 2009 and 2010.
Click here to visit the Home Grown School Feeding website for technical support on policy and program and for evidenced-base data in the HGSF knowledge base. Find here some information on the historical work on school meals programmes in Europe and North America produced by the School Nutrition Association.
School meals can be used to effectively tackle hunger, nutrition, education, gender inequality and broader development issues. They transfer much needed income to food insecure households.
WFP has worked with governments and NGOs on school meals for 45 years. Good practices and lessons learned were identified from this experience, including 8 quality standards for the implementation of sustainable school meals programmes. These 8 quality standards are the basis for WFP’s new approach to school meals.
School meals are implemented in emergency, protracted relief and recovery and development contexts. Last year there were WFP school meals programmes in 62 countries.
Building strong partnerships with governments, United Nations agencies, Non-Governmental Organisations, the private sector and communities are crucial for the sound implementation of school meals programmes.
The five main outcomes of school feeding are:
Re-thinking School Feeding: social safety nets, child development and the education sector (World Bank/WFP joint publication - Executive Summary)
School feeding: a sound investment (WFP/Boston Consulting Group joint cost-benefit analysis of School Meals)
Report of the Bellagio Strategic Meeting (16-17 July 2009)