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.