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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$33.4 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. Here are just a few examples of the on-the-ground impact WFP made around the world, with Mastercard’s support, in 2019:
- In Mali, support from Mastercard and its partners helped WFP reopen closed school canteens and expand to 25 new locations. These donations enabled school meals for 66,000 children for the entire 2019-2020 school year.
- Thanks to Mastercard support, WFP in Jordan delivered nutritious meals for 6,000 Jordanian and Syrian children affected by the refugee crisis. The support also provides income opportunities for those (mostly women) who cooked these meals through the WFP Healthy Kitchens project.
- In Honduras, Mastercard’s support helped the WFP’s delivery of nutritious meals to 3,700 children in more than 60 schools. WFP purchased food for these schools from 74 smallholder farmers, helping to support small business and employment at the local level.
- With Mastercard’s support in Liberia, WFP was able to double the reach of its Home-Grown School Feeding initiative from 62 schools in 2018 to 126 schools in 2019. At the same time, 23 farmers’ groups and cooperatives (two-thirds of which are women-run) had more stable market demand for their crops.
- In Cambodia, support from Mastercard and other donors helped WFP expand Home-Grown School Feeding from 205 schools in 2018 to 267 in 2019, supporting 97,800 Cambodian schoolchildren and improving the livelihoods of 780 local farmers.