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Source: World Food Programme (WFP)
22 May 2013

WFP’s School Meals Programme plans to feed 155,000 children in 2013

Programme Details

In Gaza, WFP aims to feed 80,000 children in the 2012-2013 school year.

In the West Bank, WFP will reach 75,000 children in 2012-2013.

Programme Impact

Partnership: WFP aims to increase the capacity of the Palestinian Authority to run its own School Meals Programme as part of a sustainable, productive safety net that draws on locally produced food.

Short-Term Hunger and urgent nutritional needs will be addressed for 155,000 children in 442 schools.

Safe Schools: School meals provide students with energy to concentrate on lessons, a sense of basic equality with their peers, and the belief that schools are a safe and nurturing place in the midst of ongoing tensions and conflict.

Health Awareness: Sessions for students as well as their families, schools and communities will increase the awareness of the positive effects of good nutrition and a diverse diet.

Investing in Palestine

WFP’s School Meals Programme supports and invests in the local economy.

For the 2011-2012 school year, WFP purchased 1,700 metric tons of locally produced date bars and milk, injecting approximately US$1.7 million into the local economy.

For 2012-2013, WFP will purchase 1,500 additional metric tons of local milk and date bars.

School Meals Worldwide
WFP has 45 years of experience of implementing School Meals Programmes in a variety of contexts around the world. Building on lessons learned, WFP is in a strong position to provide technical support to assist governments to strengthen national capacities to develop and sustain high quality School Meals Programmes.

WFP provides more than 26 million school children in about 60 countries with school meals and take-home rations. Child enrollment and concentration increases in schools with WFP School Meals Programmes.
As a part of its hand over strategy WFP is building the capacity of governments around the world to create and run their own School Meals Programmes.
Over the years, WFP has handed over 37 school meals programmes to governments. The last country to assume full ownership of a WFP school meals programme was Cape Verde in 2011.

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