WFP has been operating a school meals program in Armenia since 2010. This project has a two-fold objective: to support the food security and education of children through school meals, and to support the Government of Armenia in developing and implementing a sustainable, cost-effective and nutrition-sensitive national school meals program.
From September 2015, the school meals program has:
- Provided hot meals to 81,500 primary schoolchildren
- Distributed take-home rations to 1,700 kitchen helpers involved in daily preparation of school meals
Of these, the Government of Armenia is funding the costs of 21,500 primary schoolchildren in three provinces. With the technical support of WFP’s cooperating partner, Social and Industrial Food Services Institute (SIFI), WFP pursues the objective of fostering government ownership of the national school meals program by the gradual handover of the remaining seven provinces of the country.