As the largest humanitarian provider of school meals worldwide, WFP, with governments and partners, supports education, reduces malnutrition, and promotes development, especially during times of crisis and emergency.
A slideshow of images from WFP and UNICEF nutrition programmes shown during the "Nourishing Bodies, Nourishing Minds" event at Davos, Switzerland during the 2013 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum.
Nearly all countries around the world have a school feeding programme and at least 368 million children from kindergarten to secondary school receive food at school every day. Governments recognize school feeding as an essential tool for the development and growth of children, communities, and society as a whole.
WFP provides school meals to more than 20 million children every year. But many more children do not benefit from school feeding, and in countries with the highest poverty rates where school meals would make a big difference, the reach of school meal programmes is far smaller.
In our efforts to create a world where educational and nutritional opportunities reach the hungry poor, schools are critical. It’s where we lay the foundation for future generations to grow and thrive.
School programmes includes meals for students and high-energy biscuits or snacks at school or others that provide take-home rations to families with children who attend school regularly.
A meal at school acts as a magnet to get children into the classroom. Continuing to provide a daily meal to children helps to keep them in school. The benefits of school feeding extend beyond the classroom:
The following partners support WFP's school meals programme:
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