WFP’s School Meals Programme plans to feed 155,000 children in 2013
Relief: emergency assistance to the most vulnerable households.
Resilience: using food assistance to build economic resilience by linking safety nets to local products and engaging in community works projects that promote greening Palestine and agricultural development goals.
Preparedness: support to the Palestinian Authority Civil Defense to plan for and respond to emergencies.
Challenges to Food Security Food insecurity in Palestine is driven primarily by poverty linked to the ongoing occupation.
Restrictions on freedom of movement, access to natural resources, the right to pursue gainful employment as well as on international trade and investment have left 27 percent of households, or 1.3 million Palestinians, unable to meet their basic food and household expenses.
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.
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.
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.