School feeding helps to keep children healthy and well nourished, and encourages families to send their children to school and keep them there, even during times of crisis. Additional “take-home” food rations or cash transfers further encourage school attendance, reducing drop-out rates and contributing to improving human capital through a more literate, self-reliant and healthy society.
Sometimes, a school meal is the only proper meal a child receives.
In 2018, WFP provided school meals or snacks to 16.4 million schoolchildren, of whom 51 percent were girls. To learn more about WFP school feeding programmes in 2018, please see this 2018 infographic.