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WFP And US Second Lady Discuss How Nutrition And Education Benefit Children’s Future

VIENTIANE - Dr. Jill Biden, Second Lady of the United States, took time to meet officials from the World Food Programme (WFP) this week, to discuss how important children’s nutrition and education are for the country’s economic development.

Dr. Biden is in the region to hear about efforts to improve economic conditions, particularly for women and girls. Through its school feeding programme, WFP distributes nutritious snacks daily to more than 150,000 pre- and primary school children in over 1,500 schools.  

“The snacks that WFP provides are essential for the children to be able to concentrate and learn - since many of them come to school without having breakfast,” said Sarah Gordon-Gibson, WFP Country Director in Lao PDR. “At a cost of only US$0.15 per ration, this investment in the children’s life will have significant economic returns, especially for the girls and their communities.”

Dr. Biden was shown visually how school feeding operates.  Supported by the US government and other donors, the WFP programme provides each child with 493 calories per day, contributing to increased enrolment and improved literacy.

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WFP is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. In 2013, WFP assisted more than 80 million people in 75 countries.

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Ene-Mai Oks, Communications and Reporting, +856 20 55523738, Enemai.oks@wfp.org