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School Meals WFP United Nations World Food Programme

In WFP's efforts to create a world where educational and nutritional opportunities reach the hungry poor, schools are critical. Its where we lay the foundation for future generations to grow and thrive. As the largest humanitarian provider of school meals worldwide, the World Food Programme ( WFP along with governments and partners, supports education, reduces malnutrition, and promotes development, especially during times of crises and emergencies. It allows children to focus on their studies rather than their stomachs and helps to increase school enrollment 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.

Nutrition: In poor countries, school meals are often the only regular and nutritious meal a child receives. They are an investment in the childs 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.

What is School Feeding? School programmes include meals for students and high-energy biscuits or snacks at schools where a crisis or emergency has struck. WFP also provides take-home rations to families with children who attend school regularly. Nourishing Bodies, Nourishing Minds (Slideshow a slideshow of beneficiaries from WFP's and unicef's nutrition programmes shown during the "Nourishing Bodies, Nourishing Minds" event at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland in 2013.