Millions of children around the world lack access to the education and nutrition they need to unlock their potential.
WFP is the world’s largest provider of school meals, reaching more than 16 million children last year. School meals often serve as the only reliable source of nutrition for children in impoverished communities. By easing the burden of putting food on the table, WFP removes hunger as a barrier to education and helps students concentrate and succeed in the classroom.
WFP’s school meals can also become a lifeline for small-scale farmers. By using locally grown crops whenever possible to source its school meals, WFP offers a stable market for struggling food producers. This “homegrown” approach also means a fresher and more diverse diet for students, including vegetables and dairy.