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Together, Mastercard and WFP are helping communities around the world take important steps towards breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty for future generations. Since the partnership began in 2012, Mastercard and partners have contributed a total of US$ 45 million to WFP, through cause marketing campaigns, consumer fundraising, events, support for emergencies, employee gifts, and expertise-sharing.
School Feeding: the partnership with Mastercard focuses on the transformational power of school meals – which can help improve children’s health, cognitive development, access to education, and future lifetime earnings. Since 2012, the partnership has delivered the equivalent value of 140 million school meals. Below are a few examples of the on-the-ground impact WFP made around the world, with Mastercard’s support, in 2021:
- In Burundi, Mastercard’s support helped WFP provide food to 635,000 pre-and primary schoolchildren from 849 schools. This support also allowed essential health and nutrition interventions, such as Social Behaviour Change and Communication on nutrition and hygiene, deworming, COVID-19 sensitization, health and family planning education and school gardens.
- In Congo, support from Mastercard helped WFP transfer over USD 400,000 to schools where school committees managed the purchase of products from local producers and the market; overall, over 70,000 schoolchildren were supported in 66 schools.
- With Mastercard’s support in Guinea, WFP reached 30,000 schoolchildren in 200 schools with school meals and safety net measures. WFP also implemented gender-sensitive activities specifically targeting women.
- In Liberia, support from Mastercard was critical in helping WFP reach 65,493 schoolchildren in 302 schools. Over US$ 250,000 cash assistance was distributed as an alternative to take-home rations to 14,070 schoolchildren from food-insecure families, benefitting 70,350 people.
Emergency operations: the partnership has also contributed to supporting WFP’s emergency operations in a variety of contexts. Through grants and dedicated campaigns, Mastercard has contributed US$ 5.4 million to WFP’s emergency responses since 2012.
For example, in 2021, a grant from the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth helped the WFP Centre of Excellence against Hunger in Brazil, its partner NGO Ação da Cidadania, and local partners deliver 9.2 million meals in communities across Brazil affected by extreme poverty and incidences of COVID-19 cases and deaths.