We support the ‘School Meals Project’ organise by the World Food Programme. Below explains what benefits come from this project and why we’re super happy to support it…
What is School Feeding?
The School Meals Project gives meals for students and high-energy biscuits at school in very poor areas in the world, or they also give take-home rations to families with children who attend school regularly.
What are the Benefits?
A meal at school acts as a magnet to get children into the classroom. Continuing to provide a daily meal to children helps to keep them in school. The benefits of school feeding extend beyond the classroom:
Safety Nets: School meals help families to educate their children and protect their food security in times of crisis. School meals support development so children can become healthy and productive adults, breaking the cycle of hunger and poverty in the world’s most vulnerable areas.
Nutrition: In poor countries, school meals are often the only regular and nutritious meals a child receives. They are an investment in the child’s future. Without them, hunger and micronutrient deficiencies can cause irreversible damage to their growing bodies. When school meals are combined with deworming and micronutrient fortification, especially when tailored to specific nutritional needs – such as those for adolescent girls – that investment is multiplied.
Education: A daily school meal provides a strong incentive to send children to school and keep them there. It allows children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs and helps to increase school enrolment and attendance, decrease drop-out rates, and improve cognitive abilities. Programmes can be tailored to provide take home rations to target girls in areas where there is a gender gap.
Local Agriculture: As often as possible, food is procured locally, which benefits local farmers and the whole community, while enhancing the sustainability of the programme.
For every time you participate, WeGoLingo gives a donation that feeds a child for a day and the idea is that with several events per week with many participants attending, this can become a big collective contribution and help many children and their families who are most in need around the world.
Thanks for reading! If this has inspired you to donate more to this project, please click here to donate directly to the WFP.