(l-r) Miguel Barreto (WFP); President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa; First Lady, Rosa de Lobo, and Minister of Social Development, Hilda Hernández. (Copyright: WFP/Bryan Romero).
“Thank God for the food that we received in school. Without it we could not concentrate in class,” said fourth grader Natalie Martinez of the Republic of Peru School. With the Government's commitment to the School Feeding Programme, more than 1.5 million children will keep receiving a hot meal in school.
The President of Honduras, Porfirio Lobo Sosa; the First Lady, Rosa Elena de Lobo, and WFP Representative, Miguel Barreto, renewed the strategic partnership between the Government of Honduras and the World Food Programme in working together to strengthen the National School Feeding Programme, which reaches more than 1.5 million children.
The signing ceremony of a bilateral agreement with a financial commitment of more than US$51 million by the Government of Honduras for the next 24 months took place today at Presidential Palace in the capital city of Tegucigalpa with the presence of national and international authorities.
“I am grateful to WFP for all its support and for helping place Honduras’ School Feeding Programme among the top three in the world in terms of coverage and management,” said First Lady Rosa Elena Lobo. “As a result we have the lowest school dropout rates, which means that the programme is working as expected,” she said.
The School Feeding Programme has been under implementation for the last 13 years in Honduras and it currently supports over 20,000 public schools in the country thanks to the support of the Government of Honduras, the Government of Canada, the Private Sector and WFP. The School Feeding Programme is the largest social programme implemented in Honduras.