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WFP Pilots Supplementary School Feeding In Madaba, Thanks To Canadian Support

AMMAN – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in collaboration with the Royal Health Awareness Society and the Ministry of Education, has started a pilot project to provide school meals to around 2,300 students in 10 public schools in Madaba governorate in central Jordan.

“Through this three-month pilot project, WFP will provide students with a daily portion of homemade pastries, vegetables and fruits that will be distributed during the school day,” said Maha Ahmed, WFP Jordan Country Director. “We are grateful for the support of the government of Canada in helping us to supply this to the children.”

Canada is funding the US$173,000 pilot project which introduces a new element to the existing national school feeding programme. The outcome of the pilot phase will be evaluated for further expansion.

The project also aims to improve health and nutritional awareness and boost healthier eating habits through comprehensive nutritional information and educational resources among the schools’ communities.

“School meals are crucial for vulnerable children who sometimes have nothing to eat in the morning except their in-school meal. You cannot expect a child to realise his or her full potential while sitting in class hungry,” Ahmed said. “WFP puts a lot of emphasis on school meals as an essential safety net for the poorest households; these meals break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition and help children concentrate and learn throughout the school day.”

WFP started its operations in Jordan in 1964.  Since then, WFP has initiated a wide range of national development projects through close partnerships with the national institutions and local communities in addition to several development projects and emergency operations.    

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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. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 75 countries.

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