New recipes are changing the way Brazil's school kitchens operate. Rather than being thrown away, beetroot leaves, carrot tops and pumpkin peels give more nutrients and flavor to dishes.
Recently returned from India, WFP Development Director Torrey Shallcross recalls her meaningful experience visiting a school that receives WFP meals.
53 year-old Luul is preparing school meals for children in Somalia. Kabasa Primary School is one of the eight schools in Dolow that receive assistance under WFP’s School Feeding Programme. School meals are a vital safety net for vulnerable families, particularly in times of crisis. WFP provides nutritious cooked meals to school children to relieve hunger and encourage primary school attendance. In some regions, we concentrate particularly on providing girls with take-home rations to promote gender equality in school enrollment.
Hungry children do not build prosperous economies or peaceful societies. School meals represent one of the most affordable and effective investments we can ever make in humanity.
or every year a girl stays in primary school, her future income increases up to 20%. It also makes her more likely to marry later, have fewer children and avoid being a victim of violence.
Giving women and girls access to education is one of the most powerful things we can do to solve hunger. Women and girls reinvest 90 percent of their income back into their families, compared to the average 30-40 percent.
Learn more about WFP’s homegrown school feeding in Rwanda. Video provided by WFP Rwanda.
Homegrown school feeding is not only transforming the lives of students, but entire communities.